Definition of curtain lecture in English:

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curtain lecture


An instance of a wife reprimanding her husband in private.
Example sentences
  • Excellent quotation, but remember that the curtain lecture is on the advantages of poverty, as well as the true provenance of gentility.
  • This, however, was all mere scandal, founded perhaps on her occasionally flourishing a broomstick in the course of a curtain lecture, or raising a storm within doors, as termagant wives are apt to do.
  • Here are microcultural tales of pirates and robbers, blanket fairs (people climbing into bed together to talk before going to sleep), curtain lectures (wives who felt emboldened by the dark to complain to their recumbent husbands) and night-kings (sewer cleaners in Germany).


Mid 17th century: originally a reprimand given behind bed curtains.

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Syllabification: cur·tain lec·ture

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