Quick answer
"Curtain" is a noun which is often translated as "la cortina", and "drape" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "cubrir". Learn more about the difference between "curtain" and "drape" below.
curtain(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (window covering)
a. la cortina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We bought new curtains to match the new sofa.Compramos cortinas nuevas para hacer juego con el nuevo sofá.
2. (theater)
a. el telón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The curtain fell and the audience shouted for more.El telón cayó y el público gritó por más.
3. (weather)
a. la cortina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(rain)
She felt very tense driving through the curtain of rain that had fallen so suddenly.Se sentía muy tensa conduciendo por la cortina de lluvia que había caído tan de súbito.
b. el manto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(fog, mist)
A curtain of fog descended over the mountains.Un manto de niebla cayó sobre las montañas.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(barrier)
a. el velo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a curtain of secrecy surrounding how Susan got her job.Hay un velo de secreto que rodea la cuestión de cómo Susan consiguió el trabajo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to install curtains in)
a. poner cortinas en
The hospital curtained the waiting room.El hospital puso cortinas en la sala de espera.
curtains
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(end)
a. el final
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Well, it's curtains for you if they find you out.Bueno, será el final para ti si te descubren.
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drape
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cover)
a. cubrir
Jamie draped a coat over his head to protect himself from the rain as he ran to his car.Jamie se cubrió la cabeza con un abrigo para protegerse de la lluvia cuando fue corriendo al carro.
b. poner
Kristina draped a blanket over her son, who had fallen asleep on the couch.Kristina puso una cobija encima de su hijo, que se había quedado dormido en el sofá.
2. (to adorn)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Alice draped a table cloth over the crates and set up her merchandise for sale.Alice colocó un mantel sobre las cajas con mucha gracia y dispuso encima la mercancía para la venta.
I was tired of my couch so I draped a throw over it to give it a new look.Como estaba cansada de mi sofá, le puse una manta formando pliegues para darle un nuevo aspecto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (drapery)
a. la cortina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Heather pulled the drape and squinted in the bright sunlight.Heather jaló la cortina y entrecerró los ojos en la luz brillante del sol.
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