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drop curtain

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noun Theater.
  1. a curtain that is lowered into position from the flies.
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Origin of drop curtain

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for drop curtain

Historical Examples

  • In these theatres there was a drop-curtain, but little or no scenery.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Under a sky as blue and amid nature poetical as a drop-curtain, one's moral nature dozes.

  • My screen and gas are set up in front of the drop-curtain, and the most delicate touches will tell anywhere.

  • The Drop-curtain should be made of white muslin, and measure in width several inches wider than the opening in the picture-frame.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • Gerhardt had painted the drop-curtain, and assisted in the general construction of scenery and effects.


British Dictionary definitions for drop curtain

drop curtain

noun
  1. theatre a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stageAlso called: drop cloth, drop
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