Did you know?

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


 - definitions and thesaurus

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.



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.

noun curtain pronunciation in British English /ˈkɜː(r)t(ə)n/
Word Forms
  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.
    Synonyms and related words
    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.
      Synonyms and related words
    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.
    Synonyms and related words



used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word


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