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or portière

[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-] /pɔrˈtyɛər, -ˈtɪər, poʊr-, ˌpɔr tiˈɛər, ˌpoʊr-/
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
Related forms
portiered, adjective Unabridged
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  • At that moment Antipas beheld a bare arm slipping through a portiere hanging in front of him.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • In the hallway he added a double door, with a "portiere" to the inner one.

    The Two Brothers Honore de Balzac
  • If that is good the rug or portiere or table-cover is beautiful.

    How to make rugs Candace Wheeler
  • The king was concealed behind the portiere, and listened to my words.

  • "The name is Italian, perhaps; but he speaks only the English," declared the portiere.

    Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad Edith Van Dyne
  • His hand was on the portiere, and he turned in alarm at her strange call.

  • She stopped just inside the portiere, and waited for him to speak.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • As he passed the drawing-room, a stream of light came from beneath the portiere.

  • She appeared, raising the portiere with one hand, while behind her appeared the white bonnet and rustic face of the nurse.

  • You were just punctuating your quarrel as James drew back the portiere.

    A Thoughtless Yes Helen H. Gardener
British Dictionary definitions for portiere


/ˌpɔːtɪˈɛə; French pɔrtjɛr/
a curtain hung in a doorway
Derived Forms
portièred, adjective
Word Origin
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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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