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abat-jour

[ ah-bah-zhoor; French a-ba-zhoor ]
/ ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊər; French a baˈʒur /
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noun, plural a·bat-jours [ah-bah-zhoorz; French a-ba-zhoor]. /ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊərz; French a baˈʒur/.

a device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building.
a sloping screen for cutting off the view between an interior or porch and a lower area in front of a building.

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Origin of abat-jour

1820–30; <French: literally, it throws down (abat) the daylight (jour). See abate, journey
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