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[jal-uh-see or, esp. British, zhal-oo-zee] /ˈdʒæl əˌsi or, esp. British, ˈʒæl ʊˌzi/
a blind or shutter made with horizontal slats that can be adjusted to admit light and air but exclude rain and the rays of the sun.
a window made of glass slats or louvers of a similar nature.
Origin of jalousie
1585-95; < French < Italian gelosia jealousy; so called because such blinds afford a view while hiding the viewer
Related forms
jalousied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jalousie
  • The north facade fenestration, separated by brick and stone pilasters, has also been replaced with jalousie units.
  • Ensure that jalousie windows operate correctly, or have clips added if they do not.
  • The units are designed for natural cross ventilation and will be constructed with jalousie windows, patios and balconies.
  • Repair jalousie windows that do not fully close by installing clips to hold the windows closed.
  • Note awning or jalousie windows which do not effectively close.
  • These new owners are re-opening porches, returning the original siding, and removing jalousie windows.
British Dictionary definitions for jalousie


a window blind or shutter constructed from angled slats of wood, plastic, etc
a window made of similarly angled slats of glass
Word Origin
C19: from Old French gelosie latticework screen, literally: jealousy, perhaps because one can look through the screen without being seen
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Word Origin and History for jalousie

1766, French, literally "jealousy" (see jealousy), from notion of looking through blinds without being seen.

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