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shut·​ter ˈshə-tər How to pronounce shutter (audio)
: one that shuts
: a usually movable cover or screen for a window or door
: a mechanical device that limits the passage of light
especially : a camera component that allows light to enter by opening and closing an aperture
: the movable louvers in a pipe organ by which the swell box is opened
shutterless adjective


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shuttered; shuttering; shutters

transitive verb

: to close by or as if by shutters
corporations shuttering their production plants
: to furnish with shutters

Examples of shutter in a Sentence

Verb They locked the doors and shuttered the windows. They declared bankruptcy and shuttered the store.
Recent Examples on the Web
To enable burst mode on iPhones XS and newer, slide the shutter button to the left. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 12 June 2024 This is one of the few places that’s retained much of its old-world charm, without feeling dated: green shutters grace every room, where furnishings are simple, tasteful, and evocative of the island itself. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024
The cuts have shuttered an inpatient hospice facility, will close a center for patients managing high blood pressure, and removed a nurse who worked within rural schools. CBS News, 30 May 2024 Artois Belgian Bar, Hobie Sand Bar, Qdoba, OC Pizza, Jamba Juice and Ciao Gourmet Market and the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will also shutter, making way for Aunt Annie’s Pretzels, BonChon Korean Fried Chicken, Earl of Sandwich, Habit Burger Grill, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread and others. Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shutter 

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Word History

First Known Use


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shutter was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Shutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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shut·​ter ˈshət-ər How to pronounce shutter (audio)
: a movable cover for a window that swings on hinges like a door
: a device in a camera that opens to allow light to enter when a picture is taken


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: to close with or by shutters
kept the house shuttered

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