A hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage.
- Material that hangs in a window or other opening as a decoration, shade, or screen.
- Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, or barrier: the curtain of mist before the mountain; a heavy curtain of artillery fire.
- The movable screen or drape in a theater or hall that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.
- The rising or opening of a theater curtain at the beginning of a performance or act.
- The time at which a theatrical performance begins or is scheduled to begin.
- The fall or closing of a theater curtain at the end of a performance or act.
- The concluding line, speech, or scene of a play or act.
- The part of a rampart or parapet connecting two bastions or gates.
- Architecture A curtain wall.
- Slang The end.
- Slang Absolute ruin: "If the employee doesn't shape up, it's curtains” ( Business Week).
- Slang Death.
- To provide (something) with or as if with a curtain.
- To shut off (something) with or as if with a curtain.