What does the word portiere mean?

Usage examples for portiere

  1. Lighting a cigarette, he watched them burn until the last glow had gone from the last charred scrap; then he crunched and scattered them with the brass- handled fender brush, and, retracing his steps across the room, flung back a portiere from where it hung before a little alcove, and dropped on his knees in front of a round, squat, barrel- shaped safe- one of his own design and planning in the years when he had been with his father. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard