from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Window blinds having movable slats, similar to Venetian blinds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Outside window-shutters made of thin movable slats fastened in a frame on the principle of the Venetian blind. Also called Persian blinds.


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  • I wondered in what part of the building was situated her apartment; and a single light, shining through the persiennes of one croisee, seemed to direct me to it.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • I can see one of them rising from her work to rescue a fly that had fallen into trouble and, holding it delicately by the wings, lift the persiennes to let it fly away.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • When I reached the hotel, and mentioned her name, I was shown up to a private sitting-room on the first floor, facing the gay Paris boulevard, and with the bright light streaming in through its half-closed persiennes.


  • Closed _persiennes_ of brownish-green, blistered wood protected them.

    The Garden of Allah

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

    The Garden of Allah

  • "The signore is welcome," replied the old woman as she clattered into the narrow, cheaply furnished little sitting-room, which was in half darkness owing to the _persiennes_ being closed.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo

  • There are wharves of heavy masonry; the governor's residence, a verandaed bungalow shut in with green persiennes, standing on a little eminence some distance back from the water; and one narrow street of heavy white stone houses with flat roofs, fringing the shore.

    In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World

  • Meanwhile, in the cool drawing-room to which the green _persiennes_ gave

    The Marriage of William Ashe

  • The house, with all its windows without _persiennes_ -- a detail I had quite overlooked -- faced the south, so that during the hottest hours of the day the sun was full upon it, and the heat was over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the shade.

    Two Summers in Guyenne

  • The improvement is undoubted, but so is the absolute lack of interest and charm; at least, to those who are outside of the _persiennes_ so uniformly closed against the summer sun.

    Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine


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  • For love-stricken Parisiennes

    The long fevered night finally ends,

    With limbs sweetly tangled

    In dawn light that's angled

    And stippled by closed persiennes.

    May 6, 2016