- a national museum in Paris, France, since 1793: formerly a royal palace.
- any of a series of narrow openings framed at their longer edges with slanting, overlapping fins or slats, adjustable for admitting light and air while shutting out rain.
- a fin or slat framing such an opening.
- a ventilating turret or lantern, as on the roof of a medieval building.
- any of a system of slits formed in the hood of an automobile, the door of a metal locker, etc., used especially for ventilation.
- a door, window, or the like, having adjustable louvers.
- to make a louver in; add louvers to: to louver a door.
Origin of louver
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By Nick Mafi The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911.7 Must-Read Stories about Mexican Cartels, Kansas City and Picasso: The Best of The Beast
October 25, 2014
As an expression of gratitude, Paul donated thirty-three of these paintings to major French museums, including the Louvre.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
I had been to Louvre and seen the [Mona Lisa], but it never crossed my mind to be interested in who she was as a person.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'
August 9, 2014
Jean-Dominique Vivant Denon, the first director of the Louvre Museum, had the same plan.Inside Hitler’s Fantasy Museum
February 7, 2014
Outside the Louvre, we walk right past framed copies of the same painting.Banksy’s Biggest Trick Yet: Selling His Art on the Street for $60
October 14, 2013
Finally, as in the case of Cochin, apartments were assigned to him in the Louvre.De Libris: Prose and Verse
It is situated under the gallery of the Louvre, in the Place du Carrousel.Self-Help
Why, were there not a hundred pictures in the Louvre composed in precisely the same way?
He at last began to hold forth against working at the Louvre.
Slowly the word must have gone around that a wedding party was visiting the Louvre.L'Assommoir
- any of a set of horizontal parallel slats in a door or window, sloping outwards to throw off rain and admit air
- Also called: louvre boardsthe slats together with the frame supporting them
- architect a lantern or turret that allows smoke to escape
- the national museum and art gallery of France, in Paris: formerly a royal palace, begun in 1546; used for its present purpose since 1793
Word Origin and History for louvre
also louvre, early 14c., "domed turret-like structure atop a building to disperse smoke and admit light," from Old French lovier, of uncertain origin. One theory connects it to Medieval Latin *lodarium, which might be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "upper room, roof;" see lobby). Another suggests it is from French l'ouvert, literally "the open place," from le, definite article, + past participle of ouvrir "to open." Meaning "overlapping strips in a window (to let in air but keep out rain)" first recorded 1550s. The form has been influenced by apparently unrelated French Louvre, the name of the palace in Paris, which is said to be so named because its builder, Philip Augustus, intended it as a wolf kennel. Related: Louvered.
An art museum in Paris, formerly a royal palace. The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and thousands of other works of art are exhibited there.