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noun     curtain pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a long piece of cloth, usually one of a pair, that hangs down and covers a window
    draw/pull/close the curtains (=move them together):

    Draw the curtains and put the light on.

    draw/pull/open the curtains (=move them apart):

    Draw 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 theatre 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 grey curtain of mist suddenly swallowing her up.

    A curtain of thick dark hair hid her face.



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