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noun curtain pronunciation in British English /ˈkɜː(r)t(ə)n/
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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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