ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday-ish word: jalousie

jalousie (jăl′ə-sē), noun

1. A window blind or shutter constructed from angled slats.
2. A window made from angled slats of glass.

Etymology: Old French gelosie, jealousy - possibly because such slats allow one to peer through the window without being seen.

Jalousie windows are more common in warmer climates: they provide maximum airflow without obstructing nearby walkways like a casement or awning window might.
One drawback is that they provide little insulation; I've seen them here in Wisconsin, but only on a 3-season sunroom.

The pic is from this company's site.
Tags: j, noun, old french, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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