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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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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)
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