AskDefine | Define oriel

Dictionary Definition

oriel n : a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a wall [syn: oriel window]

User Contributed Dictionary



The origin of the word oriel is derived from the word aureus which means "golden"; relating to the Golden Rectangle in which the Fibonacci spiral always makes a perfect oriel pattern.


  1. A large polygonal recess in a building, such as a bay window.

Extensive Definition

An oriel window is a large bay window projecting from a wall.
Oriel may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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