clere·​sto·​ry ˈklir-ˌstȯr-ē How to pronounce clerestory (audio)
variants or less commonly clearstory
: an outside wall of a room or building that rises above an adjoining roof and contains windows

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Though tiny, the room makes the most of the location, with clerestory windows and cathedral ceilings, which come to a point on the northeastern corner of the building. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Midcentury-modern design inspired the interior slat walls and privacy-providing clerestory windows. oregonlive, 29 Sep. 2022 Eight months and $260,000 later, the family installed a 500-square-foot disability-friendly unit in the backyard complete with wood floors, clerestory windows and easy-access shower controls. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2022 Tall glass panes, topped by clerestory windows, and sliding glass doors draw in natural light and erase the separation between open interior spaces and exterior entertaining areas on the patio, bocce court and grassy yards. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2022 Other architectural features include Saltillo tiles, arched doorways, stained-glass windows, French doors and, in the kitchen, clerestory windows. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 July 2022 Approached by a garden courtyard with colorful plants and art pieces, the ranch-style house spans a single story but feels like more, as towering ceilings top an open floor plan marked by warm wood, clerestory windows and pocketing doors. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 On one hand, residents of his Spiderhead don’t even have clerestory windows. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 The two-bedroom open-plan main house, built in 1983, has vaulted ceilings with roofline clerestory windows, living room with central fireplace, kitchen with Wolf stove and walk-in pantry, exercise room, office area, and wraparound deck. The Week Staff, The Week, 12 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from clere clear + story

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clerestory was in the 15th century

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“Clerestory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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clere·​sto·​ry ˈkli(ə)r-ˌstōr-ē How to pronounce clerestory (audio)
plural clerestories
: an outside wall of a room or building that rises above a roof next to it and contains windows

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