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portiere

[pawr-tyair, -teer, pohr-, pawr-tee-air, pohr-] /pɔrˈtyɛər, -ˈtɪər, poʊr-, ˌpɔr tiˈɛər, ˌpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration.
Also, portière.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < French portière < Medieval Latin portāria, noun use of feminine of Late Latin portārius; see porter2
Related forms
portiered, adjective
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  • Carlson is listening behind a portiere and he later steals the gem.
British Dictionary definitions for portière

portière

/ˌpɔːtɪˈɛə; French pɔrtjɛr/
noun
1.
a curtain hung in a doorway
Derived Forms
portièred, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via French from Medieval Latin portāria, from Latin porta door
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Word Origin and History for portière

portiere

n.

door curtain, 1843, from French portière, from Medieval Latin portaria, fem. singular of Latin portarius "belonging to a door or gate" (see porter (n.2)).

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