noun, verb (used with object), lou·vred, lou·vring. Chiefly British.
Definition for louvre (2 of 3)
Definition for louvre (3 of 3)
verb (used with object)
Origin of louver
Examples from the Web for louvre
By Nick Mafi The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911.7 Must-Read Stories about Mexican Cartels, Kansas City and Picasso: The Best of The Beast|William Boot|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As an expression of gratitude, Paul donated thirty-three of these paintings to major French museums, including the Louvre.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole|Anne Sinclair|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had been to Louvre and seen the [Mona Lisa], but it never crossed my mind to be interested in who she was as a person.The Life of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the (Most Likely) Real 'Mona Lisa'|Justin Jones|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jean-Dominique Vivant Denon, the first director of the Louvre Museum, had the same plan.
Outside the Louvre, we walk right past framed copies of the same painting.Banksy’s Biggest Trick Yet: Selling His Art on the Street for $60|Isabel Wilkinson|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then he took it into his head to go and copy a picture at the Louvre—an old master; in this he felt he could not go wrong.The Martian|George Du Maurier
Is there any one about to steal the staircase of the Louvre, or the clock from the pavilion of the Tuileries?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
The Louvre, the finest Collection of pictures and Statues in the world, is likewise open, & not merely open to view.Before and after Waterloo|Edward Stanley
You cannot find a better school of study than the Louvre, and we shall be most happy to lodge and take care of you.The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton|Mrs. Russell Barrington
On the 22nd the royal carriages came by appointment to the Hotel Gondy, and took them for their first audience to the Louvre.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I.|John Lothrop Motley
British Dictionary definitions for louvre (1 of 2)
- any of a set of horizontal parallel slats in a door or window, sloping outwards to throw off rain and admit air
- Also called: louvre boards the slats together with the frame supporting them
Word Origin for louvre
British Dictionary definitions for louvre (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for louvre
also louvre, early 14c., "domed turret-like structure atop a building to disperse smoke and admit light," from Old French lovier, of uncertain origin. One theory connects it to Medieval Latin *lodarium, which might be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "upper room, roof;" see lobby). Another suggests it is from French l'ouvert, literally "the open place," from le, definite article, + past participle of ouvrir "to open." Meaning "overlapping strips in a window (to let in air but keep out rain)" first recorded 1550s. The form has been influenced by apparently unrelated French Louvre, the name of the palace in Paris, which is said to be so named because its builder, Philip Augustus, intended it as a wolf kennel. Related: Louvered.
Culture definitions for louvre
An art museum in Paris, formerly a royal palace. The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and thousands of other works of art are exhibited there.