venetian blind


: a blind (as for a window) having numerous horizontal slats that may be set simultaneously at any of several angles so as to vary the amount of light admitted

Examples of venetian blind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sunlight between the slats of the venetian blinds like warm gauze bandages. Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Their prototype would move back and forth between L1 and another equilibrium point, with the sail tilting between pointing to the sun and being perpendicular to it, moving like a slat on a venetian blind. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 With sensual, melancholy works made from venetian blinds and other domestic objects, Yang has managed to escape the conspicuous identity politics that define much of the contemporary art world. Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2020 Aaron struck it with a homemade harpoon attached to a spool of venetian blind cord, but the crocodile dislodged the hook and disappeared underwater. Ngm Maps, National Geographic, 1 Aug. 2019 Inside the Triennale di Milano now is a retrospective of the acclaimed Korean artist Haegue Yang anchored by Cittadella, or Citadel, an installation that invites visitors to step into an elaborate maze made up of 176 venetian blinds. Erik Maza, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2018 One broadcast commentator even compared it to venetian blinds (yikes). Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 18 Oct. 2018 There is also an accompanying collection of over 1,500 sound effects ranging from venetian blinds opening to dental suction tool. Colin Stutz, Billboard, 9 Dec. 2017 Hundreds of these flexible plates, made of the structural protein keratin, grow downward from a whale’s upper jaw, lined up like the slats of venetian blinds. Jennifer S. Holland, Smithsonian, 1 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of venetian blind was in 1770

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“Venetian blind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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venetian blind

ve·​ne·​tian blind və-ˌnē-shən- How to pronounce venetian blind (audio)
: a blind having thin horizontal slats that can be adjusted to keep out light or to let light come in between them

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