window shade


a shade or blind for a window, as a sheet of cloth or paper on a spring roller.

Origin of window shade

First recorded in 1800–10
Also called blind, window blind.

Regional variation note

Shade is used widely for window shade, although blind is common in the Midland U.S. (as well as in Great Britain), and curtain is used chiefly in New England and the South Atlantic states. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for window shade

blind, shade, shutter, jalousie

Examples from the Web for window shade

Historical Examples of window shade

  • Silently she ran, snatched the dumb messenger, and drew down the window-shade.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • The window-shade of the crib from which he had come went up as I moved by.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street

  • His window-shade rattled so loudly that he could not believe it was simply that.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • She raised the window-shade slightly and sat down upon the bed.

    The Blood Red Dawn

    Charles Caldwell Dobie

  • I slid up the window-shade and sat blinking at a flood of sunshine.

    In Search of the Unknown

    Robert W. Chambers