Oriel
Oriel O"ri*el, n. [OF. oriol gallery, corridor, LL. oriolum portico, hall, prob. fr. L. aureolus gilded, applied to an apartment decorated with gilding. See {Oriole}.] [Formerly written also {oriol}, {oryal}, {oryall}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A gallery for minstrels. [Obs.] --W. Hamper. [1913 Webster]

2. A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were accustomed to dine; a sort of recess. [Obs.] --Cowell. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) A bay window. See {Bay window}. [1913 Webster]

The beams that thro' the oriel shine Make prisms in every carven glass. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Note: There is no generally admitted difference between a bay window and an oriel. In the United States the latter name is often applied to bay windows which are small, and either polygonal or round; also, to such as are corbeled out from the wall instead of resting on the ground. [1913 Webster]


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  • Oriel — d une maison de Turckheim, en Alsace. Un oriel (bay window ou bow window par anglicisme) est une avancée en encorbellement aménagée sur un ou plusieurs niveaux d une façade. Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • oriel — [ ɔrjɛl ] n. m. • 1879; de l angl. oriel window « fenêtre sous une galerie, un auvent », a. fr. oriol, o. i., « porche » ♦ Fenêtre en encorbellement faisant saillie sur un mur de façade. Recomm. offic. pour bay window, bow window. ● oriel nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • oriel — ► NOUN ▪ a large upper storey bay with a window (an oriel window), supported by brackets or on corbels. ORIGIN Old French oriol gallery …   English terms dictionary

  • oriel — large recessed window, mid 14c., from O.Fr. oriol, perhaps from M.L. oriolum porch, gallery (mid 13c.), perhaps from V.L. *auraeolum, dissimilated from a dim. of L. aulaeum curtain. Despite much research, the sense evolution remains obscure …   Etymology dictionary

  • oriel — *window, casement, dormer …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • oriel — [ōr′ē əl, ôr′ē əl] n. [OFr oriol < ML oriolum, porch, gallery] a large window built out from a wall and resting on a bracket or a corbel; bay window …   English World dictionary

  • Oriel — An oriel window is a type of bay window which projects from a wall. Oriel may also refer to: Places in the United Kingdom: Oriel College, Oxford Oriel Street, Oxford Oriel Square, Oxford Oriel Chambers, Liverpool Places in Ireland: Oriel Park,… …   Wikipedia

  • Oriel — This is an Olde English surname of truly ancient origins. It originates from the pre 7th century Anglo Saxon compound baptismal name Aurildis , translating as fire strife . This was a typical name of the Dark Ages, when parents gave their… …   Surnames reference

  • Oriel — Airgíalla (auch Airgialla, Uriel, Orial, Orgialla, Orgiall, Oryallia, Ergallia) wird in heutigem Irisch Oirialla und auf englisch: Oriel genannt. Oriel war eine irische Föderation und ein irischens Königreich, das im 7. Jahrhundert entstand. Es… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • oriel — n. 1 a large polygonal recess built out usu. from an upper storey and supported from the ground or on corbels. 2 (in full oriel window) a any of the windows in an oriel. b the projecting window of an upper storey. Etymology: ME f. OF oriol… …   Useful english dictionary

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