- a screen, usually louvered, placed on the outside of a building to shield the windows from direct sunlight.
Origin of brise-soleil
1940–45; < French: literally, (it) breaks (the) sun (brise 3rd singular present of briser to break; soleil sun)
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- a structure used in hot climates to protect a window from the sun, usually consisting of horizontal or vertical strips of wood, concrete, etc
C20: French: break-sun, from briser to break + soleil sun
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