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
2 : gallery

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The distinct residence, with jagged lines and bands of clerestories, was designed to take in its verdant outdoor surroundings. Los Angeles Times, "Rudolph Schindler’s Lechner House in Studio City sells for over the asking price," 16 Aug. 2019 Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and bands of clerestories reinforce the modern design. Los Angeles Times, "Hitmaker Stephan Moccio sells cool contemporary in Pacific Palisades for $8.5 million," 2 Aug. 2019 That library’s interior sweeps upward from low meeting rooms on the Wallings Road side to an impressive, double-height reading room with a big, circular skylight and clerestory windows that wash the space in daylight. Steven Litt,, "New Cuyahoga County libraries are spirited variations on themes of service, light, sense of place – Steven Litt," 21 July 2019 With overhead clerestories flowing with natural light the feeling is permanence in a new-fashioned way. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 All of the units include soaring ceilings, ornate woodwork on ceiling beams, exterior stone and wood, and two even include clerestories. Diana Bruk, House Beautiful, "Once a Church, Now a Seriously Luxurious Living Space," 21 Jan. 2016 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

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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

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

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