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louvre

[loo-ver] /ˈlu vər/
noun, verb (used with object), louvred, louvring. Chiefly British
1.

Louvre

[loo-vruh] /ˈlu vrə/
noun
1.
a national museum in Paris, France, since 1793: formerly a royal palace.
Can be confused
louver, Louvre, lover.

louver

or (especially British) louvre

[loo-ver] /ˈlu vər/
noun
1.
any of a series of narrow openings framed at their longer edges with slanting, overlapping fins or slats, adjustable for admitting light and air while shutting out rain.
2.
a fin or slat framing such an opening.
3.
a ventilating turret or lantern, as on the roof of a medieval building.
4.
any of a system of slits formed in the hood of an automobile, the door of a metal locker, etc., used especially for ventilation.
5.
a door, window, or the like, having adjustable louvers.
verb (used with object)
6.
to make a louver in; add louvers to:
to louver a door.
Origin of louver
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English lover < Middle French lovier < Middle Dutch love gallery. See lobby
Related forms
louvered, adjective
Can be confused
louver, Louvre, lover.
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  • These were followed by the three portraits of the Rivière family, now in the louvre.

    Ingres A. J. Finberg
  • It is situated under the gallery of the louvre, in the Place du Carrousel.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • He was in the Palace of the louvre; he had found the way, unaided and alone.

  • He at last began to hold forth against working at the louvre.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Eustacie thought the louvre had never been half so formidable or impressive.

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for louvre

louvre

/ˈluːvə/
noun
1.
  1. any of a set of horizontal parallel slats in a door or window, sloping outwards to throw off rain and admit air
  2. Also called louvre boards. the slats together with the frame supporting them
2.
(architect) a lantern or turret that allows smoke to escape
Word Origin
C14: from Old French lovier, of obscure origin

Louvre

/French luvrə/
noun
1.
the national museum and art gallery of France, in Paris: formerly a royal palace, begun in 1546; used for its present purpose since 1793
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Word Origin and History for louvre

louver

n.

also louvre, early 14c., "domed turret-like structure atop a building to disperse smoke and admit light," from Old French lovier, of uncertain origin. One theory connects it to Medieval Latin *lodarium, which might be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "upper room, roof;" see lobby). Another suggests it is from French l'ouvert, literally "the open place," from le, definite article, + past participle of ouvrir "to open." Meaning "overlapping strips in a window (to let in air but keep out rain)" first recorded 1550s. The form has been influenced by apparently unrelated French Louvre, the name of the palace in Paris, which is said to be so named because its builder, Philip Augustus, intended it as a wolf kennel. Related: Louvered.

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louvre in Culture
Louvre [(loohv, loohv-ruh)]

An art museum in Paris, formerly a royal palace. The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Whistler's Mother, and thousands of other works of art are exhibited there.

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