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1A projection from the wall of a building, typically supported from the ground or by corbels.
alcove, bay, niche, nook, corner, inglenookView synonyms
- ‘Opposite is a range rebuilt in the early C16 with central tower with octagonal turrets and two-storey oriel.’
- ‘Fixed horizontal prismatic louvres above the oriels shade the windows from the sun.’
- ‘Because of the oriel's off-center position, the Dance of Death frieze is divided into two parts of unequal length.’
- ‘The vizzy (spy hole), with its tiny roof, is designed like a flat-fronted oriel, a miniature echo of the stone oriel fronting Edward IV's chapel above.’
- ‘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 A window in an oriel.
- ‘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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