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American English: /ˈkərtn/
British English: /ˈkəːt(ə)n/

Translation of curtain in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (at window) a pair of curtains
    unas cortinas
    to draw o open the curtains
    (des)correr or abrir las cortinas
    to pull o close o draw the curtains
    correr or cerrar las cortinas
    (before noun) curtain hook curtain rail curtain rod o pole
    barra (feminine) de cortina
    1.2 (as screen) the Iron Curtain
    el telón de acero (Spain)
    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.
    1.3 (Theater) the curtain rises/falls
    sube or se levanta/baja or cae el telón
    it's curtains for you/him [colloquial]
    estás/está acabado
    to bring o ring down the curtain on something
    (in theater)
    suspender las representaciones de algo
    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.
    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.
    1.4 (of rain)

transitive verb

  • (window/house)
    poner cortinas en
    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.
    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.

Phrasal verbs

curtain off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
separar con una cortina

Definition of curtain in:

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