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or por·tiere  (pôr-tyâr′)
A heavy curtain hung across a doorway.

[French, feminine of portier, porter, from Old French, from Late Latin portārius, from Latin porta, gate; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌpɔːtɪˈɛə; French pɔrtjɛr)
(Furniture) a curtain hung in a doorway
[C19: via French from Medieval Latin portāria, from Latin porta door]
ˌportiˈèred adj


or por•tière

(pɔrˈtyɛər, -ˈtɪər, poʊr-; ˌpɔr tiˈɛər, ˌpoʊr-)

a curtain hung in a doorway to replace the door or for decoration.
[1835–45; < French portière < Medieval Latin portāria, n. use of feminine of Late Latin portārius]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portiere - a heavy curtain hung across a doorwayportiere - a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
curtain, drape, drapery, pall, mantle - hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
References in classic literature ?
She noticed the movement of the other portiere and asked Newman who had been entertaining him.
We were in Milverton's study, and a portiere at the farther side showed the entrance to his bedroom.
He turned slowly back into the room, and limping rather more than was usual with him, he pushed aside a portiere and passed into a charmingly furnished country drawing-room.
He thought, "I'll wait till she is gone"--and stepped back within the perpendicular folds of a portiere.
The floor was of tesselated marble, smooth as glass, and from the walls strange shapes loomed out, woven into huge portieres in rich, harmonious colors, or gleaming from paintings, wonderful and mysterious-looking in the half-light, purple and red and golden, like sunset glimmers in a shadowy forest.
And with these words he disappeared behind one of the tapestried portieres.
Harvey had a notion that the east coast of his native land, from Mount Desert south, was populated chiefly by people who took their horses there in the summer and entertained in country-houses with hardwood floors and Vantine portieres.
The marble washstand, the dressing table, the little sofa, the tables, the bronze clock on the chimney piece, the window curtains, and the portieres were all new and expensive.
Ouverture de portiere avec force, ce qui engendre des deteriorations a la voiture et disparition d'objets de valeur ainsi que de postes radio.
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Signifying the Holocaust: Liliana Cavani's Portiere Di Notte'.
Une voiture patrouille est apparue quelques minutes plus tard, alors que l'individu en question a traverse la rue en titubant, ouvert la portiere d'une voiture, s'est assis a la place du conducteur et cherche la cie de contact dans ses vetements.