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bay window

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noun
  1. an alcove of a room, projecting from an outside wall and having its own windows, especially one having its own foundations.Compare bow window, oriel.
  2. Informal. a large, protruding belly; paunch.
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Origin of bay window

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for bay window

Historical Examples

  • Her aunt and two cousins sat in a bay-window facing the south.

    The Elm Tree Tales

    F. Irene Burge Smith

  • He motioned the doctor back into the recess of the bay-window.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • I found her propped up on the couch in her bay-window, with her foot in a big slipper.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • The voice of General Pendyce rose in the bay-window: "Check!"

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • She moved her chair back as far as possible into the bay-window.


British Dictionary definitions for bay window

bay window

noun
  1. a window projecting from the wall of a building and forming an alcove of a roomSometimes shortened to: bay See also bow window, oriel window
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