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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To abat-jour
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: abat jour
Next Definition: abatable
Words Near: abat-jour
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for abat-jour
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing abat-jour
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature