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Definition of "clerestory" [clere•sto•ry]

  • The upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a church, containing windows. (noun)
  • An upper portion of a wall containing windows for supplying natural light to a building. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clerestory" in a sentence
  • "I thought the term clerestory window was pronounced like cler-est-or-eee."
  • "The eastern part of the clerestory is a modern reproduction of that which superseded Rahere's; but, with this exception, the interior of the choir was probably much the same originally as it is"
  • "This applies only to the windows in the aisle; those in the triforium are of three lights, similar to those removed from the aisle; and those in the clerestory are the original Norman, just as on the north side."