from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A blind or shutter having adjustable horizontal slats for regulating the passage of air and light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A component in a ventilation system.
  • n. Upward sloping window slats which form a blind or shutter, allowing light and air in but excluding rain and direct sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Venetian or slatted inside window blind.
  • n. A window or door made of multiple glass or plastic slats, which can be opened or closed like a jalousie{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of jealousy.
  • n. A blind or shutter made with slats, which are usually set at an angle so as to exclude the sun and rain while allowing the air to enter.
  • n. plural The whole surface or inclosure of a gallery, veranda, or the like, formed of a series of slatted frames (see def. 1), of which some may be fixed and some may open on hinges.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a window with glass louvers
  • n. a shutter made of angled slats


French, from jalousie, jealousy, from Old French gelosie, from gelos, jealous; see jealous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)


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  • Inspiring a bit of jalousie, eh?

    September 8, 2009

  • I saw this word for the first time about two months ago in Don Quixote. Now, I see it EVERYWHERE in EVERYTHING that I read. Even on CRAIGSLIST. For cryin' out loud!

    September 7, 2009