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[pur-zee-enz; French per-syen]
  1. (used with a plural verb) Persian blinds.
  2. (used with a singular verb) a printed or painted fabric of cotton or silk.
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Origin of persiennes

1835–45; < French, noun use of plural of persienne, feminine of persien, obsolete variant of persan Persian
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Historical Examples of persiennes

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

    The White House (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XII)

    Charles Paul de Kock

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for persiennes


pl n
  1. outside window shutters having louvres to keep out the sun while maintaining ventilationAlso called: Persian blinds
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Word Origin for persiennes

C19: from French, from persien Persian
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