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portiere

or portière

[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-] /pɔrˈtyɛər, -ˈtɪər, poʊr-, ˌpɔr tiˈɛər, ˌpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration.
Origin of portiere
1835-1845
1835-45; < French portière < Medieval Latin portāria, noun use of feminine of Late Latin portārius; see porter2
Related forms
portiered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for portiere
Historical Examples
  • If that is good the rug or portiere or table-cover is beautiful.

    How to make rugs Candace Wheeler
  • Drawing the portiere aside, the Dean held it for the other's passage.

  • 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
  • The king was concealed behind the portiere, and listened to my words.

  • How had he known that she had entered by that rear door behind the portiere?

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
  • She noticed the movement of the other portiere and asked Newman who had been entertaining him.

    The American Henry James
  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for portiere

portière

/ˌpɔːtɪˈɛə; French pɔrtjɛr/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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