[ pur-zee-enz; French per-syen ]
/ ˌpɜr ziˈɛnz; French pɛrˈsyɛn /


(used with a plural verb) Persian blinds.
(used with a singular verb) a printed or painted fabric of cotton or silk.

Origin of persiennes

1835–45; < French, noun use of plural of persienne, feminine of persien, obsolete variant of persan Persian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for persiennes

  • She got up, walked across the floor to the open window and unfastened the persiennes.

    The Garden Of Allah|Robert Hichens
  • She watched the sunshine coming in bars through the persiennes, and her immediate surroundings again melted away.

    The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • Very different to the lazy drawing up of a roller-blind in England is the swinging open of a pair of French persiennes.

  • He looked at the windows; those on the ground floor were provided with wooden shutters, those on the first floor with persiennes.

British Dictionary definitions for persiennes


/ (ˌpɜːsɪˈɛnz) /

pl n

outside window shutters having louvres to keep out the sun while maintaining ventilationAlso called: Persian blinds

Word Origin for persiennes

C19: from French, from persien Persian
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