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[loo-thern] /ˈlu θərn/
a dormer window.
Origin of luthern
First recorded in 1660-70; perhaps alteration of lucarne Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It had a bow window on the south side, and three luthern windows in the roof.

    Berties Home Madeline Leslie
  • There was a luthern window in it, which opened upon the roof.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • I was on the top of the luthern window; and, so far as the inquisitors were concerned, I was safe.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • Wren had the advantage of St. Peter's to profit by, and abstained from inserting the "luthern" lights of the larger edifice.

  • Holding on with one hand at the side of the luthern window, I closed the lower sash, and dropped the upper one.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • About half way between the luthern window and the ridge-pole of the house there was a skylight.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for luthern


another name for dormer
Word Origin
C17: probably from lucarne, perhaps influenced by Lutheran
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