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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Recent Examples on the Web All of the architectural embellishments, including the clerestory windows on the retail spaces, had been left out. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 They are characterized by native materials, flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs for passive solar heating and natural cooling, natural lighting with clerestory windows and radiant-floor heating. Regina Cole, Forbes, 5 July 2021 The clerestory was built in several stages: in the 1870s, in 1902 and in 1923. Susan Dunne,, 28 June 2021 Events could include weddings, private and corporate functions, even car shows, as the clerestory doors open wide enough for cars to drive in. Susan Dunne,, 28 June 2021 At the heart of the grounds is the nearly 5,600-square-foot main house, with high ceilings, clerestory windows and multiple fireplaces. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Skylights, clerestory windows and expanses of glass bring in natural light and views of the wooded landscape. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 With the sun setting through the clerestory windows of Hinkle Fieldhouse, casting a warm glow on the few thousand fans inside, the school known for its championship pedigree on the gridiron struck the first blow on the hardwood. Dave Skretta, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2021 Wall-spanning windows (and clerestory windows, above eye level along the roofline) provided ample light for the open floor plans of post-WWII homes. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Jul 2021

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“Clerestory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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