or clear·sto·ry

[ kleer-stawr-ee, -stohr-ee ]

noun,plural clere·sto·ries.
  1. Architecture. a portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight to the interior.

  2. a raised construction, as on the roof of a railroad car, having windows or slits for admitting light or air.

Origin of clerestory

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to clereclear + storystory2

Other words from clerestory

  • clerestoried, adjective

Words Nearby clerestory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use clerestory in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clerestory



/ (ˈklɪəˌstɔːrɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. 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

  2. the part of the wall in which these windows are set: Compare blindstorey

Origin of clerestory

C15: from clear + storey

Derived forms of clerestory

  • clerestoried or clearstoried, adjective

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