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jalousie

[jal-uh-see or, esp. British, zhal-oo-zee] /ˈdʒæl əˌsi or, esp. British, ˈʒæl ʊˌzi/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a window made of glass slats or louvers of a similar nature.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < French < Italian gelosia jealousy; so called because such blinds afford a view while hiding the viewer
Related forms
jalousied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jalousied

jalousie

/ˈʒælʊˌziː/
noun
1.
a window blind or shutter constructed from angled slats of wood, plastic, etc
2.
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 jalousied

jalousie

n.

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

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