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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Oriel \O"ri*el\, n. [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
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a
wall [syn: oriel, oriel window]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "oriel":
alcove, bay, bay window, bow window, carrel, casement,
casement window, corner, cove, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, cubicle,
fan window, fanlight, grille, lancet window, lantern, lattice,
light, louver window, niche, nook, pane, picture window, port,
porthole, recess, roomlet, rose window, skylight, snuggery,
transom, wicket, window, window bay, window glass, windowpane
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