shut·​ter | \ ˈshə-tər How to pronounce shutter (audio) \

Definition of shutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that shuts
2 : a usually movable cover or screen for a window or door
3 : a mechanical device that limits the passage of light especially : a camera component that allows light to enter by opening and closing an aperture
4 : the movable louvers in a pipe organ by which the swell box is opened


shuttered; shuttering; shutters

Definition of shutter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from shutter


shutterless \ ˈshə-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce shutterless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of shutter in a Sentence


They locked the doors and shuttered the windows. They declared bankruptcy and shuttered the store.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Hurricane Dorian was off Florida’s eastern coast, Michael Cigliano — just like the rest us in Florida — was stocking up on supplies, putting up shutters and going over evacuation plans. Austen Erblat,, "Magic fists: Viral video catches 'Dorian dancer’ trying to shoo hurricane away from South Florida," 9 Sep. 2019 Kevin Browning in Vero Beach has put up hurricane shutters, bought a generator and is stocked with supplies. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cutting it close: Florida’s fate may be a matter of miles," 2 Sep. 2019 Those with privacy concerns will be happy to know that the front-facing 1-megapixel camera has a physical shutter. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Score an Echo Show 5 for just $64.99," 18 Aug. 2019 Just note that this model doesn't include a privacy shutter, so the security-conscious may want to unplug it when not in use. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Amazon Prime Day deals you can snag for under $50," 16 July 2019 Smacking my forehead like a loose shutter in a hurricane? John Wenzel, The Know, "Commentary: Chris Brown headlining Summer Jam is a stain on Denver," 13 June 2019 The windows were covered with metal hurricane shutters at Pineapple Willie’s, a popular beachfront restaurant, and sandbags blocked the entrance to a Wells Fargo bank. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Evacuate or not? Some gamble on staying despite Michael," 10 Oct. 2018 Then, like so much of Palm Beach, the hurricane shutters will go up, the wait staff will be furloughed and the long, hot summer of repairs and renovations will begin. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What Palm Beach Is Like Now That Donald Trump Is Gone," 10 May 2017 Cash was scarce, as metal shutters covered the doors and windows of banks and A.T.M.s, which relied on the internet for every transaction. New York Times, "India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Theater-goers await a screening at the Five Star Cinema in downtown Glendale that shuttered nearly three years ago. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Studio Movie Grill, a theater dining chain, set to open in Glendale’s arts district," 16 Aug. 2019 Others that have shuttered include the Laurel Gitlen Gallery, Murray Guy and Kansas. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "Picking Up the Pace: A Mega-Gallery Expands in Chelsea," 11 Aug. 2019 The two websites that have been shuttered were attempting to profit from the Equifax settlement. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "The Equifax settlement has already spawned deceptive websites," 2 Aug. 2019 An upscale restaurant in Phoenix Hill closed Sunday, following the lead of two other restaurants that shuttered their doors within the past week. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Upscale restaurant Ward 426 closes in Phoenix Hill," 10 July 2019 But the Cornelius Pass closure coincides with a separate state highway project that will shutter the ramp from U.S. 30 to southbound I-405 for more than a week in late-July., "Buckle up: Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will close for 11 weeks, expect delays and detours abound," 24 June 2019 The company also takes the single-stream recyclables from Dothan, allowing that city to restart its recycling program that had been shuttered due to budget cuts. Dennis Pillion |,, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 El Jefe Sabores de Mexico is opening in a building that has been shuttered for a long time, but has had several restaurants and bars in its long past. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Liquor licenses recommended for new Aurora restaurants," 11 June 2019 But the new majority will quickly pivot Thursday to a pair of bills to fund the parts of the government that have been shuttered in the dispute over money for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Tops on House Dems to-do list: Try to end shutdown," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of shutter


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of outside covers for a window that open and close like a door
: the part of a camera that opens to allow light in when a picture is taken



English Language Learners Definition of shutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a window) with shutters
: to close (a business, store, etc.) for a period of time or forever


shut·​ter | \ ˈshə-tər How to pronounce shutter (audio) \

Kids Definition of shutter

1 : a usually movable cover for the outside of a window
2 : a device in a camera that opens to let in light when a picture is taken

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to make a temporary encampment

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