Meaning of “curtain” in the English Dictionary

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"curtain" in British English

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curtainnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɜː.tən/ us /ˈkɝː.t̬ən/

A2 a piece of material, especially cloth, that hangs across a window or opening to make a room or part of a room dark or private:

Heavy curtains blocked out the sunlight.
to draw (= open or close) the curtains

a thick layer of something that makes it difficult to see anything behind it:

They could see nothing through the curtain of rain/smoke.

the large screen of heavy material in a theatre that separates the stage from the area where people are watching

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(Definition of “curtain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curtain" in American English

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curtainnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɜr·tən/

a piece of cloth or other material that hangs across a window or space to decorate a room or to make it dark or private:

In the restaurant, arches covered with beaded curtains divide the room.

In a theater, the curtain is a large, movable sheet of heavy material that separates the stage from the area where people are sitting.

The curtain is also the time at which a performance begins:

The curtain is at 8 o’clock.

(Definition of “curtain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)