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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oriel a projecting bay window corbeled or cantilevered out from a wall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oriel (Arch) A bay window. See Bay window. "The beams that thro' the oriel shine
      Make prisms in every carven glass."
    • Oriel A gallery for minstrels.
    • Oriel A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were accustomed to dine; a sort of recess.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oriel A portico, recess, or small room forming a projection from a room or building, as a hall or chapel, in the form of a large bay or recessed window, and often more richly furnished or more private than the rest of the room or building, formerly used as a boudoir, closet, and separate apartment for various purposes. It projects from the outer face of the wall, being in plan semi-hexagonal, semi-octagonal, or rectangular, etc., and is supported on brackets, corbels, or corbeling. When such a projecting feature rests upon the ground, or directly upon the foundation of the building, it is called a bay-window, or a bow-window. Also called oriel-window.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oriel ō′ri-el a portico or recess in the form of a window built out from a wall, supported on brackets or corbels—distinguished from a bay window.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. oriol, gallery, corridor, LL. oriolum, portico, hall, prob. fr. L. aureolus, gilded, applied to an apartment decorated with gilding. See Oriole
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oriol, a porch—Low L. oriolum, a highly ornamented recess—L. aureolus, gilded—aurum, gold.


In literature:

Fraser spent the earlier years of his manhood in Oxford, as a tutor in Oriel College, teaching Thucydides and Aristotle.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
The great east oriel is its most imposing feature.
"In the Border Country" by W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
He took the Newdigate in 1844, and was elected a fellow of Oriel in 1845.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
Just outside the entrance to the vicars' close is a beautiful ORIEL WINDOW, which has been much copied in modern times.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
A cool evening breeze blows in through the open oriel window, quickly dispersing the clouds of tobacco smoke.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, 4to.
"On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation" by David Ricardo
Often from the bay projects a second and smaller oriel, also latticed.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
By C. H. Pearson, M.A., Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Mr Plympton, Fellow and Tutor of Oriel College.
"Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 3" by Various
He entered Oriel College, Oxford, in 1604, and remained there for some years, pursuing the study of poetry and Roman history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
I don't mind telling you she threw over a lunch with that ass from Oriel who's playing Lorenzo.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Mr Plympton, Fellow and Tutor of Oriel College.
"Tales from Blackwood, Volume 3" by Various
He was educated at Winchester, Rugby, and Oxford, and became a Fellow of Oriel College.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
An interesting and lovely feature of the church is the oriel window by the triforium, opposite Rahere's grave, built by the famous Prior Bolton.
"Milton's England" by Lucia Ames Mead
He looked at his dressing-table, which stood opposite to him, in the deep oriel window.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Speak to him from the oriel, stealthily, as befits the seeming treason.
"A Gentleman Player" by Robert Neilson Stephens
By L. L. PRICE, M.A., Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.
"Evolution" by Frank B. Jevons
They reach the Gut, and at the turn Oriel presses her rival hard.
"Tales from Blackwood" by Various
The long many-orielled battlemented house was reached through exquisite woods feathering down to the Derwent.
"Story of My Life, volumes 1-3" by Augustus J. C. Hare
He studied at Oriel College, Oxford, where he obtained first-class honours in classics, and was elected a fellow (1848).
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In poetry:

Its windows were oriel and latticed,
Lowly and wide and fair;
And its chimneys like clustered pillars
Stood up in the thin blue air.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
And from my window frame,
This oriel window opening on the sky,
I see the white barques of the clouds drift by,
With prows of rosy flame.
"The Woods in June" by Kate Seymour Maclean
But over these she trod: and those great bells
Began to chime. She took her throne:
She sat betwixt the shining Oriels,
To sing her songs alone.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And thro' the topmost Oriels' coloured flame
Two godlike faces gazed below;
Plato the wise, and large brow'd Verulam,
The first of those who know.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
THROUGH my north window, in the wintry weather,—
My airy oriel on the river shore,—
I watch the sea-fowl as they flock together
Where late the boatman flashed his dripping oar.
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
So I sought her here, the young Earl's bride;
In the ancient room at the oriel dreaming,
Pale as the blooms in her hair; and, wide,
Her robe's rich satin, flung stormily, gleaming,
Like shimmering silver, twilight-dyed.
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

But massive medieval chimneys, ribbons of small paned windows, and an oriel window at center on the second floor complete the image.

In science:

There is an Oxford story, recounted in [Morris 1978], that when John Keble was looking after the books of Oriel College, his accounts showed an inexplicable deficiency of between £1800 and £1900.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master
Hopefully, this would enable a large number of errors to be detected. The mechanism would easily extend to financial programs, those used by Oriel College included.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master