or por·tière

[ pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr- ]
/ pɔrˈtyɛər, -ˈtɪər, poʊr-, ˌpɔr tiˈɛər, ˌpoʊr- /


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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British Dictionary definitions for portiere


/ (ˌpɔːtɪˈɛə, French pɔrtjɛr) /


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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