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[pur-zee-enz; French per-syen] /ˌpɜr ziˈɛnz; French pɛrˈsyɛn/
(used with a plural verb) Persian blinds.
(used with a singular verb) a printed or painted fabric of cotton or silk.
Origin of persiennes
1835-45; < French, noun use of plural of persienne, feminine of persien, obsolete variant of persan Persian Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He looked at the windows; those on the ground floor were provided with wooden shutters, those on the first floor with persiennes.

  • She got up, walked across the floor to the open window and unfastened the persiennes.

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  • She watched the sunshine coming in bars through the persiennes, and her immediate surroundings again melted away.

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  • Very different to the lazy drawing up of a roller-blind in England is the swinging open of a pair of French persiennes.

British Dictionary definitions for persiennes


plural noun
outside window shutters having louvres to keep out the sun while maintaining ventilation Also called Persian blinds
Word Origin
C19: from French, from persien Persian
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