bay window


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.
Informal. a large, protruding belly; paunch.

Origin of bay window

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bay window

alcove, oriel, paunch, breadbasket, gutbucket

Examples from the Web for bay window

Historical Examples of bay window

  • 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


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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