- 1A piece of material suspended at the top to form a screen, typically movable sideways along a rail and found as one of a pair at a window: she drew the curtains and lit the fire • figurative through the curtain of falling snow, she could just make out gravestonesMore example sentences
- I can draw a window curtain or adjust overhead lights.
- Aside from a pair of drab grey curtains which covered the window over the sink, the room was free of decorations.
- The men had tacked up a navy blue material to act as curtains over the stern windows.
- 2 (the curtain) A screen of heavy cloth or other material that can be raised or lowered at the front of a stage: he wants to see you directly the curtain comes downMore example sentences
- The magician invites the heckler up on stage, positions him directly in front of the curtain, and begins ‘hypnotising’ him.
- Unfortunately, it makes the front stage curtain look shabby.
- So he took Roy and he put him back stage behind the curtain.
- 2.1A raising or lowering of the curtain at the beginning or end of an act or scene: the art is to hold your audience right from the opening curtainMore example sentences
- The stage is covered with a canvas, as if the scene presented as the curtain rises was captured by a linen frame.
- The curtain raises on the opening scene with the cast gathered front of stage to a backdrop of trees, a small camp fire Flickering to one side.
- From her lonely entrance at the opening curtain, until the slaphappy denouement, she dominates the stage and virtually carries the show on her slim shoulders.
- 3 (curtains) • informal A disastrous outcome: it looked like curtains for meMore example sentences
- I guess if one team wins, it's curtains for the other and that's quite heavy.
- One more overdose and it's curtains for Marcia, one suspects.
- Five minutes later burly full forward Luke Ferguson booted the ball to the net for a second goal and it looked curtains for the Carlow town side.
verb[with object] (often as adjective curtained) Back to top
- 1Provide with a curtain or curtains: a curtained windowMore example sentences
- In the 1970s, however, it was decided that every plate-glass window should be curtained to control the thermal flow inside the building and these curtains have remained ever since.
- The tables all had salmon coloured cloths with white starched napkins, terracotta tile floors, large curtained bay windows and the atmosphere is very bright and happy.
- Near the bed sculpture was a curtained window frame, in which sat a monitor showing footage taped from Paik's hospital room and from the couple's loft.
- 1.1Conceal or screen with a curtain: a curtained-off side roomMore example sentences
- Samantha bowed her head so that her hair curtained her face, successfully concealing the crimson that stole over her cheeks in embarrassment.
- Stretching out his long length, his black hair curtained his face as his lightning blue eyes disappeared under a sweep of raven lashes.
- Her long, golden hair curtained her face, and you could just see her stunning eyes from behind.
bring down the curtain on
- Bring to an end: her decision brought down the curtain on a glittering 30-year careerMore example sentences
- At worst November 26 will be a night for those seven brave souls to bring down the curtain on what was a marvellous season for Waterford hurling.
- The club's longest-serving player will bring down the curtain on 11 years at Valley Parade.
- The win brought down the curtain on the Irish tour and, indeed their season, with a trip that included a shoddy 45-16 defeat at the hands of Australia and an unspectacular 40-19 victory over Tonga.
Middle English: from Old French cortine, from late Latin cortina, translation of Greek aulaia, from aulē 'court'.