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clerestory

or clear·sto·ry

[ kleer-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee ]
/ ˈklɪərˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i /
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noun, plural clere·sto·ries.

Architecture. a portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior.
a raised construction, as on the roof of a railroad car, having windows or slits for admitting light or air.

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Origin of clerestory

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to clereclear + storystory2
clerestoried, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clerestory

clerestory

clearstory

/ (ˈklɪəˌstɔːrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a row of windows in the upper part of the wall of a church that divides the nave from the aisle, set above the aisle roof
the part of the wall in which these windows are setCompare blindstorey
clerestoried or clearstoried, adjective
C15: from clear + storey
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