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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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 Long and low, with a running clerestory beneath a deep overhang, the $22 million building has a distinctly residential feeling with a slight echo of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Illinois Prairie Houses. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Review: A Quirky New Design Museum," 12 Mar. 2018 Features include clean lines, walls of windows and clerestories and a two-story atrium entry with an artistic spiral staircase. Neal J. Leitereg,, "From Bel-Air to Encino, a look at L.A. County's high-water home sales in January," 10 Feb. 2018 Perhaps one of the resort’s most beautiful touches is the Quila dining room, with a vaulted clerestory studded with more than 2,500 glittering copper batik stamps. Condé Nast Traveler, "Alila Villas Uluwatu," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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