[ jal-uh-see or, especially British, zhal-oo-zee ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a window made of glass slats or louvers of a similar nature.

Origin of jalousie

1585–95; <French <Italian gelosiajealousy; so called because such blinds afford a view while hiding the viewer

Other words from jalousie

  • jal·ou·sied, adjective

Words Nearby jalousie

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How to use jalousie in a sentence

  • 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
  • Then again fell silence, with once more the same result, that of a breaking jalousie at an upstairs window.

    The Golden Magnet | George Manville Fenn
  • Il pensait sans aucun sentiment de jalousie au bonheur de son grand ami.

    Histoires grises | E. Edouard Tavernier
  • Her fair face was once more hidden, behind the rude jalousie of the logs; but the smile remained.

    The Wild Huntress | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for jalousie


/ (ˈʒælʊˌziː) /

  1. a window blind or shutter constructed from angled slats of wood, plastic, etc

  2. a window made of similarly angled slats of glass

Origin of jalousie

C19: from Old French gelosie latticework screen, literally: jealousy, perhaps because one can look through the screen without being seen

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