[kleer-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee]
noun, plural clerestories.
Architecture. a portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior.
a raised construction, as on the roof of a railroad car, having windows or slits for admitting light or air.
Also, clearstory.

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to clere clear + story story2

clerestoried, adjective Unabridged
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clerestory or clearstory (ˈklɪəˌstɔːrɪ)
n , 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.  Compare blindstorey the part of the wall in which these windows are set
[C15: from clear + storey]
clearstory or clearstory
[C15: from clear + storey]
'clerestoried or clearstory
'clearstoried or clearstory

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Sawtooth roofs are essentially as series of clerestory windows, or sloped roof
  monitors, facing the same direction.
Clerestory windows bring natural light into the high-ceilinged lobby.
Karin then described the clerestory windows at the tops of the walls.
Clerestory windows gather north light and transmit it into living area.
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