abat jour

abat-jour

[ah-bah-zhoor; French a-ba-zhoor]
noun, plural abat-jours [ah-bah-zhoorz; French a-ba-zhoor] .
1.
a device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building.
2.
a sloping screen for cutting off the view between an interior or porch and a lower area in front of a building.

Origin:
1820–30; < French: literally, it throws down (abat) the daylight (jour). See abate, journey

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