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


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 formsjal·ou·sied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for jalousie

Historical Examples of jalousie

  • Is our heroine a captive behind a Spanish jalousie, or in an Italian convent?'


    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

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 for 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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Word Origin and History for jalousie

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

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