Clerestory meaning

klîrstôrē
The upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a church, containing windows.
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An upper portion of a wall containing windows for supplying natural light to a building.
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The upper part of a wall, specif. of a church, containing windows for lighting the central part of a lofty room or space.
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(architecture) The upper part of a wall containing windows to let in natural light to a building, especially in the nave, transept and choir of a church or cathedral.
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Origin of clerestory

  • Middle English clerestorie perhaps cler giving light, clear clear storie tier story2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition