Word to the Wise: Oriel

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Ever wondered what you call these windows?

oriel (noun) – also oriel window or bay window. Window in an upper story (not on the ground floor) that pushes out from the building

(From the French: or = light.)


He was reading a book sitting in the oriel window.

They were standing in the oriel window, taking in the magnificent view over the surrounding park.

Here’s another picture from the inside of a building:



Beautiful, isn’t it?

The reason windows were/are built this way is of course to allow more light to shine in.

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