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clerestory

[kleer-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee] /ˈklɪərˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i/
noun, plural clerestories.
1.
Architecture. a portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior.
2.
a raised construction, as on the roof of a railroad car, having windows or slits for admitting light or air.
Also, clearstory.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English, equivalent to clere clear + story story2
Related forms
clerestoried, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clerestoried

clerestory

/ˈklɪəˌstɔːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a row of windows in the upper part of the wall of a church that divides the nave from the aisle, set above the aisle roof
2.
the part of the wall in which these windows are set Compare blindstorey
Derived Forms
clerestoried, clearstoried, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from clear + storey
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Word Origin and History for clerestoried
clerestory
1412, probably from clere "clear," in a sense "light, lighted," and story, though this sense of that word is not otherwise found so early.
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