clerestory

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noun 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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Origin and Etymology of clerestory

Middle English, from clere clear + story


CLERESTORY Defined for English Language Learners

clerestory

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Definition of clerestory for English Language Learners

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


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