[ loo-ver ]
/ ˈlu vər /

noun, verb (used with object), lou·vred, lou·vring. Chiefly British.

Definition for louvred (2 of 2)


[ loo-ver ]
/ ˈlu vər /


any of a series of narrow openings framed at their longer edges with slanting, overlapping fins or slats, adjustable for admitting light and air while shutting out rain.
a fin or slat framing such an opening.
a ventilating turret or lantern, as on the roof of a medieval building.
any of a system of slits formed in the hood of an automobile, the door of a metal locker, etc., used especially for ventilation.
a door, window, or the like, having adjustable louvers.

verb (used with object)

to make a louver in; add louvers to: to louver a door.
Also especially British, lou·vre.

Origin of louver

1325–75; Middle English lover < Middle French lovier < Middle Dutch love gallery. See lobby

Related forms

lou·vered, adjective

Can be confused

louver Louvre lover
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Examples from the Web for louvred

  • Both rows of windows are shuttered; those of the upper row are louvred, and those in the lower row have solid panels.

British Dictionary definitions for louvred (1 of 3)


US louvered

/ (ˈluːvəd) /


(of a window, door, etc) having louvres

British Dictionary definitions for louvred (2 of 3)


US louver

/ (ˈluːvə) /


  1. any of a set of horizontal parallel slats in a door or window, sloping outwards to throw off rain and admit air
  2. Also called: louvre boards the slats together with the frame supporting them
architect a lantern or turret that allows smoke to escape

Word Origin for louvre

C14: from Old French lovier, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for louvred (3 of 3)


/ (French luvrə) /


the national museum and art gallery of France, in Paris: formerly a royal palace, begun in 1546; used for its present purpose since 1793
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Culture definitions for louvred


[ (loohv, loohv-ruh) ]

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.

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