oriel

oriel

[awr-ee-uhl, ohr]
noun
1.
a bay window, especially one cantilevered or corbeled out from a wall.
2.
(in medieval architecture) a large bay window of a hall or chamber.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French oriol porch, passage, gallery, perhaps ≪ Latin aureolus “gilded”

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oriel
"a large recessed window," 1360, from O.Fr. oriol, perhaps from M.L. oriolum "porch, gallery" (1259), perhaps from V.L. *auraeolum, dissim. from a dim. of L. aulaeum "curtain." Despite much research, the sense evolution remains obscure.
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