Origin of orielOld French oriol ; from Medieval Latin oriolum, porch, gallery
Origin of orielMiddle English, from Old French oriol, porch, from Medieval Latin oriolum.
- (architecture) A large polygonal recess in a building, such as a bay window.
- There is no generally accepted difference between a bay window and an oriel. In the United States, the latter name is often applied to bay windows which are small, and either polygonal or round, and to those that are corbelled out from the wall instead of resting on the ground.