American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heavy curtain hung across a doorway.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A curtain hung at a doorway, or entrance to a room, either with the door or to replace it, to intercept the view or currents of air, etc., when the door is opened, or for mere decoration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A curtain hanging across a doorway.
- n. a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
- From French portière, feminine of portier ("porter"). (Wiktionary)
- French, feminine of portier, porter, from Old French, from Late Latin portārius, from Latin porta, gate; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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