PRONUNCIATION: (dee-fen-uh-STRAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: Throwing someone or something out of a window.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin de- (out of) + fenestra (window). Earliest documented use: 1620.

NOTES: There have been many defenestrations over the course of history, but the most famous, and the one that inspired the word defenestration, was the Defenestration of Prague on May 23, 1618. Two imperial regents and their secretary were thrown out of a window of the Prague Castle in a fight over religion. The men landed on a dung heap and survived. The Defenestration of Prague was a prelude to the Thirty Years’ War. The word is also used in a metaphorical sense to remove someone from an office. Check out the defenestration of various articles of furniture in this unique San Francisco sculpture.

DREFENESTRATION - throw the rapper out the window

DEAFENESTRATION - 1. hardest-of-hearing; 2. loopholes in the Drug Enforcement Agency's policies

DEFEWESTRATION - the least possible amount of food