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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a
         wall [syn: oriel, oriel window]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
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.]
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   1. A gallery for minstrels. [Obs.] --W. Hamper.
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   2. A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were
      accustomed to dine; a sort of recess. [Obs.] --Cowell.
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   3. (Arch.) A bay window. See Bay window.
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            The beams that thro' the oriel shine
            Make prisms in every carven glass.    --Tennyson.
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   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
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Thesaurus Results for Oriel:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
alcove, bay, bay window, bow window, carrel, casement, casement window, corner, cove, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, cubicle, fan window, fanlight, grille, lancet window, lantern, lattice, light, louver window, niche, nook, pane, picture window, port, porthole, recess, roomlet, rose window, skylight, snuggery, transom, wicket, window, window bay, window glass, windowpane
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