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venetian blind

a blind, as for a window, having overlapping horizontal slats that may be opened or closed, especially one in which the slats may be raised and drawn together above the window by pulling a cord.
Origin of venetian blind
First recorded in 1760-70
Related forms
venetianed, adjective Unabridged
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  • He pressed apart two rungs of the venetian blind and looked out.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • This man's name was Latham; he was a venetian blind maker and repairer.

  • In the hot weather the windows are left entirely open, or are simply closed with a sort of venetian blind.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • Mrs. Danvers rose from her seat, and quietly lowered the venetian blind, and Ellen again stole back to her seat.

  • I am really thinking now of the package with the venetian blind.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for venetian blind

Venetian blind

a window blind consisting of a number of horizontal slats whose angle may be altered to let in more or less light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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