[ koo-lees ]
/ kuˈlis /


a timber or the like having a groove for guiding a sliding panel.
  1. the space between two wing flats, leg drops, or the like.
  2. any space or area backstage.
  3. wing flat.

Origin of coulisse

1810–20; < French: groove, something that slides in a groove; see portcullis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for coulisse

/ (kuːˈliːs) /


Also called: cullis a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel, such as a sluicegate, portcullis, or stage flat
  1. a flat piece of scenery situated in the wings of a theatre; wing flat
  2. a space between wing flats
part of the Paris Bourse where unofficial securities are tradedCompare parquet (def. 4)

Word Origin for coulisse

C19: from French: groove, from Old French couleïce portcullis
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