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[jal-uh-see or, esp. British, zhal-oo-zee] /ˈdʒæl əˌsi or, esp. British, ˈʒæl ʊˌzi/
a blind or shutter made with horizontal slats that can be adjusted to admit light and air but exclude rain and the rays of the sun.
a window made of glass slats or louvers of a similar nature.
Origin of jalousie
1585-95; < French < Italian gelosia jealousy; so called because such blinds afford a view while hiding the viewer
Related forms
jalousied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jalousie
Historical Examples
  • Is our heroine a captive behind a Spanish jalousie, or in an Italian convent?'

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • She obeyed him, setting the window and the jalousie ajar after her as she had found them.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman
  • At all other windows we had only jalousie blinds, with heavy wooden shutters outside to be closed when a hurricane was feared.

  • Not even your slippers, to protect you from the scorpions and centipedes,” replied the lady, shutting the “jalousie.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Hearing the noise, the fellow opened the jalousie, and came out into the verandah above.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • Charleston sits and smiles behind its jalousie blinds—a conservative relic of Huguenot days.

  • Ah, ma pauvre p'tite amie, for why you have a jalousie of my patrie?

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The bough was stuck between two of the bars of the jalousie, and the girl withdrew to the end of the balcony.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • Euphrosyne cast a smile down to the nun, and placed herself against the jalousie, holding the branch upon her head.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for jalousie


a window blind or shutter constructed from angled slats of wood, plastic, etc
a window made of similarly angled slats of glass
Word Origin
C19: from Old French gelosie latticework screen, literally: jealousy, perhaps because one can look through the screen without being seen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jalousie

1766, French, literally "jealousy" (see jealousy), from notion of looking through blinds without being seen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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