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oriel

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Oriel \O"ri*el\, noun [OF. oriol gallery, corridor, LL. oriolum portico, hall, prob. fr. L. aureolus gilded, applied to an apartment decorated with gilding. See {Oriole}.] [Formerly written also {oriol}, {oryal}, {oryall}.]

1. A gallery for minstrels. [Obs.] --W. Hamper.

2. A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were accustomed to dine; a sort of recess. [Obs.] --Cowell.

3. (Arch.) A bay window. See {Bay window}.

The beams that thro' the oriel shine Make prisms in every carven glass. --Tennyson.

Note: There is no generally admitted difference between a bay window and an oriel. In the United States the latter name is often applied to bay windows which are small, and either polygonal or round; also, to such as are corbeled out from the wall instead of resting on the ground.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

oriel

noun

1: a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a wall [syn: {oriel}, {oriel window}]


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