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abat-jour

a·bat-jour
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ah-bah-zhoo r; French a-ba-zhoor]
    • /ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊər; French a baˈʒur/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ah-bah-zhoo r; French a-ba-zhoor]
    • /ˌɑ bɑˈʒʊər; French a baˈʒur/

Definitions of abat-jour word

  • noun plural abat-jour a device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building. 1
  • noun plural abat-jour a sloping screen for cutting off the view between an interior or porch and a lower area in front of a building. 1
  • noun abat-jour lampshade. 0
  • noun abat-jour (dated) eyeshade. 0
  • noun abat-jour (architecture) skylight. 0

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Origin of abat-jour

First appearance:

before 1820
One of the 38% newest English words
1820-30; < French: literally, it throws down (abat) the daylight ( jour). See abate, journey

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Parts of speech for Abat-jour

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

abat-jour popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 57% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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