[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-]
- a curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration.
Origin of portiere
1835–45; < French portière < Medieval Latin portāria, noun use of feminine of Late Latin portārius; see porter2
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Examples from the Web for portiere
If that is good the rug or portiere or table-cover is beautiful.How to make rugs
Drawing the portiere aside, the Dean held it for the other's passage.The Prince of India, Volume I
She stopped just inside the portiere, and waited for him to speak.April Hopes
William Dean Howells
"A telegram, Miss Gertrude," said James, drawing aside the portiere.Pray You, Sir, Whose Daughter?
Helen H. Gardener
In the hallway he added a double door, with a "portiere" to the inner one.The Two Brothers
Honore de Balzac
- a curtain hung in a doorway
C19: via French from Medieval Latin portāria, from Latin porta door
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Word Origin and History for portiere
door curtain, 1843, from French portière, from Medieval Latin portaria, fem. singular of Latin portarius "belonging to a door or gate" (see porter (n.2)).
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