clere·​sto·​ry | \ˈklir-ˌstȯr-ē, -st(ə-)rē\
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Definition of clerestory 

1 : an outside wall of a room or building that rises above an adjoining roof and contains windows

2 : gallery

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Sliding glass doors open onto the living room, where vaulted open-beam ceilings transition to the backyard, which can be seen through a wall of glass and clerestory windows. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Updated SoCal Eichler asks $985K," 11 May 2018 Each has a stained glass shield set in it and a small clerestory window on top. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Sherwood Forest home mirrors another place and time," 28 Apr. 2018 Low ceilings were raised to open up the interiors and clerestory windows were added to bring in more light and mountain views. Lisa Boone,, "A neglected midcentury home is transformed into a Palm Springs showstopper," 9 Feb. 2018 Long and low, with a running clerestory beneath a deep overhang, the $22 million building has a distinctly residential feeling with a slight echo of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois Prairie Houses. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Review: A Quirky New Design Museum," 12 Mar. 2018 Features include clean lines, walls of windows and clerestories and a two-story atrium entry with an artistic spiral staircase. Neal J. Leitereg,, "From Bel-Air to Encino, a look at L.A. County's high-water home sales in January," 10 Feb. 2018 Perhaps one of the resort’s most beautiful touches is the Quila dining room, with a vaulted clerestory studded with more than 2,500 glittering copper batik stamps. Condé Nast Traveler, "Alila Villas Uluwatu," 20 Oct. 2017 A double band of clerestory windows under the elevated central portion of the nearly flat roof washes the 25 engine berths in the spacious interior with natural light., "Alabama history fading away at these five vital sites," 28 May 2017 Built in 1979, the home features vaulted ceilings with clerestories, polished stone, hardwood and Travertine floors and fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour is ready to move on from Malibu’s Point Dume," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of clerestory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clerestory

Middle English, from clere clear + story

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English Language Learners Definition of clerestory

: the upper part of a wall that rises above a roof and that has windows

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