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  1. simple past tense and past participle of curtain
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles , chapter IV
      In a large bedroom upstairs, the window of which was thickly curtained with a great woollen shawl lately discarded by the landlady, Mrs Rolliver, were gathered on this evening nearly a dozen persons, all seeking beatitude; all old inhabitants of the nearer end of Marlott, and frequenters of this retreat.


curtained (not comparable)

  1. Covered or partitioned with a curtain or curtains.
  2. (figuratively) Hidden or separated as if by a curtain.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene 1, [3]
      Now o'er the one halfworld / Nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse / The curtain'd sleep;
  3. (in compounds) Hung with a curtain or curtains of a specified type.
    • 1881, Oscar Wilde, "The Garden of Eros" in Poems, p. 34, [4]
      And in his sedgy bed the lark, for joy that Day is nigh, / Scatters the pearléd dew from off the grass, / In tremulous ecstasy to greet the sun, / Who soon in gilded panoply will pass / Forth from yon orange-curtained pavilion / Hung in the burning east []
    • 1920, Edith Wharton, chapter 6, in The Age of Innocence[5]:
      [] the ladies had retired to their chintz-curtained bedroom []
    • 1997, Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, Chapter One, [6]
      Little grocery shops and bakeries stood between jewelers and florists and bead-curtained doors opening into private houses []