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

  • Perhaps, though, he would pass it by, and—Jason's hand reached out and grasped the portiere.

  • A second later he pushed his head through the portiere and repeated: "No, sir; all is not lost!"

  • His hand was on the portiere, and he turned in alarm at her strange call.

  • The commanding officer left the table hastily; the portiere was drawn.

    Vanished Arizona

    Martha Summerhayes

  • He stood for a second to straighten his limbs; then he turned, and, moving directly forward, passed through the portiere.

    The Masquerader

    Katherine Cecil Thurston

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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