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.
/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
n.

early 15c., probably from clere “clear,” in a sense “light, lighted” (see clear (adj.)), and story (n.2), though this sense of that word is not otherwise found so early. Originally the upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a large church; so called because pierced with windows. Related: Clerestorial.

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