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.
- clerestoried, adjective
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How to use clerestory in a sentence
The organ gallery gets a strong white light from a row of long windows in the clerestory, which have not even coloured glass.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is also a good point from which to study the clerestory as seen in choir and crossing.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey | Thomas Perkins
The March sunshine slants in pale shafts through the clerestory windows, leaving the aisles in shadow.
The windows on the south side of the clerestory are without the trefoil which ornaments the base of those on the north side.
The blank window next to the tower is also wanting; in other respects the clerestory presents the same features as on the north.
The outer moulding of the window arch of the south transept clerestory has billet ornament.
British Dictionary definitions for clerestory
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 set: Compare blindstorey
- clerestoried or clearstoried, adjective
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