or por·tière

[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-]


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 formspor·tiered, adjective
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Examples from the Web for portiere

Historical Examples of portiere

  • If that is good the rug or portiere or table-cover is beautiful.

    How to make rugs

    Candace Wheeler

  • Drawing the portiere aside, the Dean held it for the other's passage.

  • She stopped just inside the portiere, and waited for him to speak.

    April Hopes

    William Dean Howells

  • "A telegram, Miss Gertrude," said James, drawing aside the portiere.

  • In the hallway he added a double door, with a "portiere" to the inner one.

    The Two Brothers

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for portiere



a curtain hung in a doorway
Derived Formsportired, adjective

Word Origin for portière

C19: via French from Medieval Latin portāria, from Latin porta door
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Word Origin and History for portiere

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)).

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