tran·​som | \ ˈtran(t)-səm How to pronounce transom (audio) \

Definition of transom

1 : a transverse piece in a structure : crosspiece: such as
a : lintel
b : a horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window or fanlight above it
c : the horizontal bar or member of a cross or gallows
d : any of several transverse timbers or beams secured to the sternpost of a boat also : the planking forming the stern of a square-ended boat
2 or transom window : a window above a door or other window built on and commonly hinged to a transom
over the transom
: without solicitation or prior arrangement the manuscript arrived over the transom

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Recent Examples on the Web The transom includes a kitchen with a sink and a grille. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "AMG Reveals Its New Six-Engine, 2700-HP Cigarette Boat," 13 Feb. 2020 To the west, a large master suite features a double-door entry with a stained glass transom window with colors replicated in a vertical striped pattern painted on walls. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "From foreclosure to fabulous. Take a look at this Peoria home," 9 Jan. 2020 Many of the windows are floor-to-ceiling (topped with transoms). John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: The Marshall Act was passed the year this house was built. It doesn’t look it.," 31 Oct. 2019 In the first half century of the magazine’s existence, the work of women sometimes came in over the transom, like that of Dorothy Hosmer. Cathy Newman, National Geographic, "The world through the eyes of women," 15 Nov. 2019 Characteristics of its Georgian Colonial style include its long, rectangular shape with an orderly symmetrical façade, and the paneled door with pediment, transom lights, and pilasters — all reflecting an interest in classicism. Nico Amarca, Marie Claire, "How to Spend 24 Hours in Salem, Massachusetts," 21 Oct. 2019 The boat that had carried them was perhaps 30 feet long, with a 40-horsepower motor on the transom. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, "Inside the effort to rescue Europe’s unwelcome immigrants," 17 Oct. 2019 French doors with large transoms flank a gas fireplace with a marble surround and carved mantel. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: One of a Kind: Spectacular Mt. Diablo views from a Round Hill North home in Alamo," 12 Aug. 2019 Behind the front door enhanced by leaded glass panels and transom is an open floor plan with a kitchen for casual dining, family room area and living-dining room. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Montclair," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of transom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transom

Middle English transyn, traunsom, probably alteration of traversayn, from Middle French travessain, from Old French traversain set crosswise, from Vulgar Latin *traversanus, from Latin transversus transverse

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“Transom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transom

US : a small window that is above a door or larger window
: a stone or wooden bar that goes across the top of a door or window


tran·​som | \ ˈtran-səm How to pronounce transom (audio) \

Kids Definition of transom

1 : a piece that lies crosswise in a structure (as in the frame of a window or of a door that has a window above it)
2 : a window above a door or another window

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