Definition of oriel in English:


Syllabification: o·ri·el
Pronunciation: /ˈôrēəl


  • 1A projection from the wall of a building, typically supported from the ground or by corbels.
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    • 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.
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    • The structure reminded Manda of a creepy haunted mansion she'd often seen in movies, the grouped chimneys and pinnacles, the sloping roof, the parapets and the oriel and quatrefoil windows.


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

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