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[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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  • It was only a step to the portieres, the open window—and escape.

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

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

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • In the midst of the mirth, the portieres were lifted and Gwendolyn came in.

    Dorothy at Oak Knowe Evelyn Raymond
  • Running lightly down the stairs, Grace thrust her head between the portieres that separated the living-room from the hall.

  • Muffled sounds came at long intervals from behind the portieres.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • When Mrs. Harmon had drawn the portieres, and had begun to tell him how untidy he was, he explained matters with a laugh.

    The Barrier Allen French
  • If your bed-room opens from the parlor make it dainty and sweet and close the portieres until merely a glimpse appears.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • Judd plumped into a deep chair near her and, pondering, blew great smoke-rings at the portieres.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • Shagarach stepped to the cleft in the portieres and excused himself to answer a ring at the doorbell.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
British Dictionary definitions for portieres


/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 portieres



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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