Main definitions of louvre in English

: louvre1Louvre2


(US louver)


  • 1Each of a set of angled slats fixed or hung at regular intervals in a door, shutter, or screen to allow air or light to pass through.

    ‘murky light filters through the vertical louvres of the window blinds’
    as modifier ‘louvre doors’
    • ‘Stylish wood window shutter panels with operable louvers offer privacy as well as control over the amount of light that enters a room.’
    • ‘When asked, one of the waitresses was able to turn the louvers on the air conditioner so that the cooled air circulated much more effectively.’
    • ‘Externally, the building's horizontality is emphasized and given texture by a covering of narrow larch slats and by louvres over glass doors on the west.’
    • ‘Inside, there is an inner glass wall with sliding doors, while the outer skin has opening louvres.’
    • ‘And, like any other vent, screen is used behind the louvers to prevent insects from getting in.’
    • ‘My suite is a tasteful creation with wooden louvres and adobe walls, plus seductive lounges that offer equally snoozy lagoon vistas.’
    • ‘In order to do so efficiently, doors and louvres must be adjusted by a knowledgeable operator.’
    • ‘It is also preferable that these vents be covered with screens, rather than louvers, to provide unrestricted air flow.’
    • ‘When the fan is activated, the air movement pulls the spring-mounted louvers open, allowing the air to flow into the attic.’
    • ‘Exterior shading devices include awnings, louvers, shutters, rolling shutters and shades, and solar screens.’
    • ‘These days the computer room is ventilated by fan and also has louvres in the door.’
    • ‘She recalls: ‘We wanted to avoid using shading mechanisms, like louvers or screens, that would project from the wall surface.’’
    • ‘Two kinds of panels are used, one opaque with vertical ridges, and the other resembling a veil, with horizontal louvres that allow light to filter into the gallery spaces.’
    • ‘These are high ceilings, big windows and doors, with louvres, mosquito netting on four-poster beds.’
    • ‘High ceilings and louvres allow the breeze through, which keeps supporters cool.’
    • ‘All spaces are permeated by light striated by the louvres, but the effect can be changed radically.’
    • ‘For summer rain, trellising can be covered with shingles, shakes, reed fencing bamboo, window screens, louvers, canvas, glass or plastic.’
    • ‘Ventilation consists of louvers and wide double doors at each end that are opened by hand.’
    • ‘For regular cleaning, dust the grilles or louvers with a soft brush or the dusting attachment of a vacuum cleaner.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional Irish shutters, they have louvres that can be adjusted for privacy and light.’
    screen, blind, roller blind, venetian blind, curtain, shade, awning, canopy
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  • 2(in a medieval house) a structure in a roof incorporating openings for the passage of smoke.

    • ‘It has a steeply pitched octagonal roof, drawing smoke and steam upwards from the great corner fireplaces to an elaborate central louvre.’
    • ‘In appearance, they are like medieval louvres and were designed to trap the wind from any direction then funnel it through a hollow shaft to the rooms below.’


Middle English (in louvre (sense 2)): from Old French lover, lovier ‘skylight’, probably of Germanic origin and related to lodge.




Main definitions of louvre in English

: louvre1Louvre2


proper noun

  • The principal museum and art gallery of France, in Paris, housed in the former royal palace built by Francis I. The Louvre holds the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.