oriel window

ori·​el window | \ ˈȯr-ē-əl- How to pronounce oriel window (audio) \

Definition of oriel window

: a large bay window projecting from a wall and supported by a corbel or bracket

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Examples of oriel window in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main kitchen is French in style with three oriel windows, the term for bay windows that don’t reach the ground. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3M Bloomfield Hills home's dining room floor used to be in Henry Ford II's house," 29 Feb. 2020 The 7,389-square-foot home provides a courtyard entrance and has a slate roof and copper oriel window. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Contemporary River Oaks-area home combines English architecture, modern design," 28 Dec. 2019 Modern visitors can enjoy views through the oriel windows of the king’s bedchambers, or over the loch to the Forth bridges. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: Witness the beauty and history of these 15 majestic castles," 13 June 2019 Large groupings of windows are common, and occasionally there are picturesque floating bay windows called oriel windows on the first or second story. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 Digital sketches show the red oriel windows on the building preserved. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An inside look at the Walker's Point community arts center renovation," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of oriel window

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oriel window

Middle English, porch, oriel, from Anglo-French oriol

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“Oriel window.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriel%20window. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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