oriel window


ori·​el window ˈȯr-ē-əl- How to pronounce oriel window (audio)
: a large bay window projecting from a wall and supported by a corbel or bracket

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Illustration of oriel window

Illustration of oriel window

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Called an oriel window, this bay window sits up off the ground. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 15 Nov. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 1 Nov. 2018 Digital sketches show the red oriel windows on the building preserved. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2018 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oriel window was in the 14th century

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“Oriel window.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriel%20window. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

oriel window


ori·​el window
: a large window that sticks out from and is supported against a wall

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