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portiere

or por·tière

[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-]
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noun
  1. a curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration.
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Origin of portiere

1835–45; < French portière < Medieval Latin portāria, noun use of feminine of Late Latin portārius; see porter2
Related formspor·tiered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for portieres

Historical Examples

  • During these minutes I sat with eyes on the portieres and a frog in my throat.

    A Son of the Middle Border

    Hamlin Garland

  • When we called in the dog she stepped to the portieres and commenced her vigil.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • With a clink of glasses, Cunningham entered through the portieres.

  • In the midst of the mirth, the portieres were lifted and Gwendolyn came in.

    Dorothy at Oak Knowe

    Evelyn Raymond

  • "I overheard part of the tale from behind the portieres," he says.

    J. Poindexter, Colored

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb


British Dictionary definitions for portieres

portière

noun
  1. a curtain hung in a doorway
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Derived Formsportired, adjective

Word Origin

C19: via French from Medieval Latin portāria, from Latin porta door
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Word Origin and History for portieres

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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