Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

curtain - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun curtain pronunciation in American English /ˈkɜrt(ə)n/
Word Forms
Close
singularcurtain
pluralcurtains
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a long piece of cloth, usually one of a pair, that hangs down and covers a window
    close/pull/draw the curtains (=move them together): Close the curtains and turn the light on.
    open/pull/draw (=move them apart): Open those heavy curtains and let some sunlight in.
    1. a.
      a long piece of material that hangs down and separates one part of a room from another
      a shower curtain
      The nurse pulled the curtains around the bed.
    2. b.
      [usually singular] theatre a very large piece of cloth that is pulled up or to the side on a theater stage when a performance starts
      The audience cheered wildly as the curtain rose.
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] a large amount of a substance such as smoke or rain that is too thick to see through
    curtain of: She drove off, the gray curtain of mist suddenly swallowing her up.
    A curtain of thick dark hair hid her face.

phrases

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

dolt

a stupid person

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog