- a set of hanging drapery for concealing all or part of the stage or set from the view of the audience.
- the act or time of raising or opening a curtain at the start of a performance: an 8:30 curtain.
- the end of a scene or act indicated by the closing or falling of a curtain: first-act curtain.
- an effect, line, or plot solution at the conclusion of a performance: a strong curtain; weak curtain.
- music signaling the end of a radio or television performance.
- (used as a direction in a script of a play to indicate that a scene or act is concluded.)
verb (used with object)
- to bring to a close: to draw the curtain on a long career of public service.
- to keep secret.
- to commence; start.
- to make known or public; disclose: to lift the curtain on a new scientific discovery.
Origin of curtain
Related formscur·tain·less, adjectiveun·cur·tained, adjective
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for curtain
After the curtain calls, Christopher comes back to explain a complicated math problem.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The insurrectionists seemed actors in a surreal episode of revolutionary play-acting in which the curtain was about to fall.
“It was like a curtain was beginning to be opened,” says Noor, who was surprised by the blunt request.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, what might have occurred on the other side of the curtain?
From behind a curtain, Trudeau is politely coaching the actors through the scene, encouraging them to go bigger.Inside the Political Fun House: How ‘Alpha House’ Became Amazon’s First Big Hit|Kevin Fallon|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coupeau moved the chairs forward and seated Gervaise by the curtain.L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
When I responded to a call before the curtain, she gravely handed me her bunch of roses.Stage Confidences|Clara Morris
I looked behind the curtain and saw that the sides and bottom were cushioned to diminish the effect of jolting.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
At length the tragedy terminated, the curtain dropped, and the audience began to move about.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
Looking over when he had finished that pipeful––I had not drawn my curtain––he caught my eyes on him.The Seiners|James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for curtain
Word Origin for curtain
Idioms and Phrases with curtain
In addition to the idioms beginning with curtain
- curtain raiser
- curtains for, be.
- draw the curtain
- raise the curtain
- ring down the curtain