(architecture) A large polygonal recess in a building, such as a bay window.
A bay window projecting from an upper floor, supported from below with corbels or brackets.
A large window built out from a wall and resting on a bracket or a corbel; bay window.
Alternative Form of oriel -
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Origin of oriel
Middle English from Old French oriolporchfrom Medieval Latin oriolum
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Old French oriol (“gallery, corridor"), Late Latin oriolum (“portico, hall"), probably from Latinaureolus (“gilded"), applied to an apartment decorated with gilding. See oriole.
Oriel Sentence Examples
In 1832 he matriculated at Oriel College, where he took his B.A.
He was educated at Loretto, Eton and Oriel College, Oxford, and in 1869 was restored by Act of Parliament to the barony of Balfour of Burleigh, to which he was entitled by his descent from the 5th baron, who was attainted after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715.
Thomas Cornish, suffragan bishop in the diocese of Bath and Wells, and provost of Oriel College, Oxford, from 1493 to 1507, appointed him chaplain of the college of St Mary Ottery, Devonshire.
The level of the roadway is considerably lower than the ground-floors of the houses, which have generally arched rooms in front, with little shops behind them; and above these they are richly embellished with verandahs, galleries, projecting oriel windows, and very broad overhanging eaves supported by carved brackets.
After going through the high school and university courses at Glasgow, he went to Trinity College, Oxford, and in 1862 was elected a fellow of Oriel.