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bay window

an alcove of a room, projecting from an outside wall and having its own windows, especially one having its own foundations.
Compare bow window, oriel.
Informal. a large, protruding belly; paunch.
Origin of bay window
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Emperor, having said just what was needful, retired to the seclusion of his bay window.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • He goes to the bay window and looks out; then rings the bell.

  • The instant she was gone, out from the bay window stalked her husband!

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Mr. George was at one of the tables near the bay window, and was busy writing.

    Rollo in Holland Jacob Abbott
  • Now away down stairs flew all the four, who had been wriggling for an hour in the bay window.

  • Say, it's a reg'lar rollin' bay window, that car of Mr. Robert's!

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I raised this window, and crawled like a cat over to the bay window, the top of which was considerably lower than the roof.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Well, we sat this evening in the bay window as usual, I facing No. 7.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • On one side is a bay window, over which curtains are partly drawn.

  • She stood among the potted plants in the bay window, looking out.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
British Dictionary definitions for bay window

bay window

a window projecting from the wall of a building and forming an alcove of a room Sometimes shortened to bay See also bow window, oriel window
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bay window

bay window

noun phrase

A protuberant stomach; paunch; potbelly: He's lean and mean, no bay window and no patience (1870s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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