jalousie

[ jal-uh-see or, esp. British, zhal-oo-zee ]
/ ˈdʒæl əˌsi or, esp. British, ˈʒæl ʊˌzi /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for jalousie

jalousie

/ (ˈʒælʊˌziː) /

noun

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

jalousie


n.

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

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