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jalousie

Noun

1 a window with glass louvers [syn: louvered window]
2 a shutter made of angled slats

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English

Etymology

French

Pronunciation

  • /ˈdʒæləsiː/

Noun

  1. In the context of "naval architecture": A component in a ventilation system.
  2. Upward sloping window slats which form a blind or shutter, allowing light and air in but excluding rain and direct sun.
    “A small lofty room, with its window wide open, and the wooden jalousie-blinds closed, so that the dark night only showed in slight horizontal lines of black, alternating with their broad lines of stone colour.” — Dickens, Tale of Two Cities

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French

Etymology

  1. From Low Latin zelotus ("full of love and sympathy") < Latin zelus ("zealous") < Ancient Greek ζήλος ("envy, lust, rivalry").

Pronunciation

  • /ʒa.lu.ˈzi/

Noun

jalousie
  1. jealousy
  2. System to shade a window, like a curtain, but hanging from the ceiling and one can control how much light passes through.

Extensive Definition

A jalousie () is a slatted window covering, typically a shutter or window covering, which consists of a set of parallel angled slats. These slats can be opened variously so as to control the amount of air or light allowed to pass through.
A jalousie window has overlapping glass slats which open to allow ventilation. This kind of window is good for sun porches that are not air conditioned. It is not suitable for situations where weathertightness is a priority, since it is impossible to achieve a good seal between panes.
The word can also refer to a pastry. Typically a jalousie is a rectangular flat pastry, with a plain rectangular base, a filling, often fruit based, and a top layer of pasty cut to produce a set of parallel angled slats.

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References

Martin James. Desserts. (Page 71) Quadrille Publishing 2007. ISBN 978 184400 463 8
jalousie in Czech: Žaluzie
jalousie in Japanese: ジャロジー
jalousie in Russian: Жалюзи
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