clere·​sto·​ry | \ ˈklir-ˌstȯr-ē How to pronounce clerestory (audio) , -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

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Examples of clerestory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2,065-square-foot interior also features clean lines, clerestory windows, white oak floors, designer fixtures and plenty of built-ins. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ actor Barrett Foa looks to sell in Silver Lake," 11 Sep. 2020 Skylights and clerestory windows give the living spaces a bright and airy feel. Los Angeles Times, "Actor Dennis Haysbert sells Malibu home at a hefty discount," 1 Sep. 2020 There are side-by-side sliding doors, panels of glass forming walls, and ribbons of clerestory windows framing the sky. oregonlive, "Midcentury modern time capsule, designed by famed architect, sold ‘as is'," 5 Aug. 2020 Inside, a tall foyer, crowned by clerestory windows, leads to the main living area and its central hearth surrounded in gray. oregonlive, "New, glass-wrapped modern house in Forest Park is quietly for sale at $2,550,000," 11 June 2020 An expansive open floor plan with whitewashed beams, walls of glass and clerestory windows anchors the 3,000-square-foot home. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "HGTV star Tarek El Moussa gets more than he asked for Costa Mesa home," 7 May 2020 The kitchen is light and bright because high clerestory windows are stripped along the soffits at the tops of the cabinets. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3.25M Bloomfield Twp. home is so big the wine cellar has a wine cellar," 18 Apr. 2020 Glass panels and privacy-providing clerestory windows frame the garden to the sky, and allow filtered natural light inside. oregonlive, "Restored Scandinavian midcentury modern in Southwest Portland showcases soothing spaces," 22 Mar. 2020 And so Notre Dame’s clerestory windows were enlarged, the roofs changed and the flying buttresses reconstructed, although the cathedral remained relatively dark despite its fashionable update. Washington Post, "The battle for Notre Dame," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of clerestory was in the 15th century

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19 Sep 2020

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“Clerestory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clerestory

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

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