- 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)
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Idioms for curtain
- 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
synonym study for curtain
regional variation note for curtain
OTHER WORDS FROM curtaincur·tain·less, adjectiveun·cur·tained, adjective
Words nearby curtain
Example sentences 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