Definition of oriel in English:

oriel

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːrɪəl
 
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noun

1A large upper-storey bay with a window, supported by brackets or on corbels.
More example sentences
  • Because of the oriel's off-center position, the Dance of Death frieze is divided into two parts of unequal length.
  • The tree's branches structurally support the third-floor oriel extending halfway up the fourth floor or gable above it.
  • Because the Klein family owned ironworks in northern Moravia, cast iron was widely used on the building's facade in windows and oriels.
1.1 (also oriel window) A window in an oriel.
More example sentences
  • The window frames have also been scrapped and repainted and the leaking roof of the oriel window has been repaired.
  • The room feels like a ship - Dad and I love boats - and has an oriel window.
  • Mullioned turret and oriel windows running across the first and second storeys create a wall-of-glass effect from the exterior and light and airy chambers within.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French oriol 'gallery', of unknown origin; compare with medieval Latin oriolum 'upper chamber'.

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