Definition of

Curtain

  1. (noun, artifact) hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
  2. (noun, object) any barrier to communication or vision
    a curtain of trees
  3. (verb, possession) provide with drapery

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Synonyms of Curtain

drape, drapery, mantle, pall

Origin of the word Curtain

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. curtine, from L.L. cortina "curtain," but originally "round vessel, cauldron," from L. cortem (older cohortem) "enclosure, courtyard." The confusion apparently begins in using cortina as a loan-translation for Gk. aulaia ("curtain") in the Vulgate (to render Heb. yeriah in Exodus xxvi:1, etc.) because the Gk. w… more

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