Definition of oriel
: a large bay window of semihexagonal or semisquare plan projecting from the face of a wall and supported by a corbel or bracket
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Origin and Etymology of oriel
Middle English, porch, gallery, oriel, from Middle French oriol porch, gallery, probably from Medieval Latin auleolum niche, small chapel, diminutive of aula court, hall, from Latin — more at aula
First Known Use: 14th century
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