noun, plural clere·sto·ries.
Examples from the Web for clerestory
Here, as in the cathedral, the idea of the balustrade under the clerestory is carried out.Normandy, Complete|Gordon Home
The nave is wide, with clerestory; the narrow chancel has a chapel on the N. side.Hertfordshire|Herbert W Tompkins
When he rose from his knees, the church was dark, but through the windows of the clerestory many stars were shining.Thomas Wingfold, Curate|George MacDonald
The main arches and triforium are Norman, the clerestory and vaulting Early English (circa 1250).The Cathedrals of Great Britain|P. H. Ditchfield
The curious junction of the later vault with the ogee-shaped arches of the clerestory should be noticed.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Norwich|C. H. B. Quennell
British Dictionary definitions for clerestory
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for clerestory
Word Origin and History for clerestory
early 15c., probably from clere "clear," in a sense "light, lighted" (see clear (adj.)), and story (n.2), though this sense of that word is not otherwise found so early. Originally the upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a large church; so called because pierced with windows. Related: Clerestorial.