Thursday, June 11, 2015

Word of the day: portiere

The word of the day is portiere:

a curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration. (

"The floor was of tessellated marble, smooth as glass, and from the walls strange shapes loomed out, woven into huge portieres in rich, harmonious colors, or gleaming from paintings, wonderful and mysterious-looking in the half-light, purple and red and golden, like sunset glimmers in a shadowy forest."

 - Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

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