clerestory

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noun clere·sto·ry \ˈklir-ˌstȯr-ē, -st(ə-)rē\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of clerestory

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

  2. 2 :  gallery

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Origin and Etymology of clerestory

Middle English, from clere clear + story


First Known Use: 15th century


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clerestory

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noun clere·sto·ry \ˈklir-ˌstȯr-ē, -st(ə-)rē\

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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