WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•bat-jour  (ä′bä zhŏŏr; Fr.a ba zho̅o̅r),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -jours 
    (ä′bä zhŏŏr; Fr.a ba zho̅o̅r),USA pronunciation 
  1. Building, Architecturea device, as a skylight or reflector, for diverting light into a building.
  2. Building, Architecturea sloping screen for cutting off the view between an interior or porch and a lower area in front of a building.
  • French: literally, it throws down (abat) the daylight ( jour). See abate, journey
  • 1820–30

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