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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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Examples from the Web for bay-window
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  • The usual position of the bay-window is at one end of this dais, and occasionally but rarely at both ends.

  • I found her propped up on the couch in her bay-window, with her foot in a big slipper.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • It used to be painted white; it was drab now, and there was a bay-window in the sitting-room.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The voice of General Pendyce rose in the bay-window: "Check!"

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Right as they stood thus talking at a bay-window of that castle, they saw many knights riding to and fro toward the tournament.

  • She spoke softly, and turned her face to the other side of the bay-window.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • But Gladys added: "You can not be a romantic figure on a lecture platform if you've got a bay-window!"

  • I talked my last talk with poor Frederick in the bay-window.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • She had reached the bay-window and pressed her little nose tight against the window-pane.

  • He motioned the doctor back into the recess of the bay-window.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
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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