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  • n. Alternative spelling of portière.

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Examples

  • The moment I lifted the 'portiere' the girl jumped up briskly and regarded me with a touch of haughtiness, meant, I think, to hide a slight confusion.

    The Ink-Stain (Tache d'encre) — Complete

  • As she thought thus Jacqueline noiselessly opened the door of the salon, over which, on the inner side, hung a thick plush 'portiere'.

    Jacqueline — Complete

  • In the hallway he added a double door, with a "portiere" to the inner one.

    The Celibates

  • Mention should also be made of the exhibit of N.J. Nayrolles, who displays a portiere which is an exact reproduction of one executed for the president of the French Republic; the curtains of M. Waré; the linen drapery and robe de chambre of antique velvet and old Colbert lace of Mme. Franck; infants 'wardrobes of Mme. Susse; the embroideries of Mme. Leroudier; the bonnets of Mme. Esther Mayer and M. Auguste Petit; the corsets and petticoats of

    Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

  • Swinging from the rope portiere, slathering the pomade upon my beardless face, and all manner of the metaphysical ick in my oversized cuspidors!

    Excerpt from Urdoxa 2.0

  • It was 1962, and it seemed that the portiere at the residence where I was living was the only person in Rome who wasn't happy with the jovial Pope John XXIII.

    A Hail Mary pass, Karl Rove

  • She switched the lights on, and he looked past a grimy portiere into a dingy, disorderly bedroom.

    Succedaneum

  • We stepped from the ladder into a long corridor, well-matted, which led to a doorway with a gold-embroidered silk or valance, and a looped-up portiere of white-flowered silk or crepe.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • She turned and disappeared behind the portiere so quickly that

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • The portiere was raised and Grushenka herself, smiling and beaming, came up to the table.

    The Brothers Karamazov

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