- 1 [countable] a piece of cloth that is hung to cover a window to draw/pull/close the curtains (= to pull them across the window so they cover it) to draw/draw back/pull back the curtains (= to open them, so that the window is no longer covered) It was ten in the morning but the curtains were still drawn (= closed). a pair of curtains see also drape
- 2 [countable] a very thin piece of cloth that you hang at a window, that allows light to enter but stops people outside from being able to see inside
- 3[countable] a piece of cloth that is hung up as a screen in a room or around a bed, for example a shower curtain
- 4[singular] a piece of thick, heavy cloth that hangs in front of the stage in the theater The audience was waiting for the curtain to rise (= for the play to begin). There was tremendous applause when the curtain came down (= the play ended). We left just before the final curtain. (figurative) The curtain has fallen on her long and distinguished career (= her career has ended). (figurative) It's time to face the final curtain (= the end; death). see also the Iron Curtain
- 5 [countable, usually singular] a thing that covers, hides, or protects something a curtain of rain/smoke She pushed back the curtain of brown hair from her eyes. Idioms
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to be a situation without hope or that you cannot escape from When I saw he had a gun, I thought it was curtains for me.
be curtains (for somebody) (informal)jump to other results
to finish or mark the end of something His sudden decision to retire brought down the curtain on a distinguished career.
bring down the curtain on something, bring the curtain down on somethingjump to other results