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nave wall of a Gothic cathedral
clere·sto·ryalso clear·sto·ry (klîr′stôr′ē)
n. pl. clere·sto·ries
1. The upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a church, containing windows that rise above the roofs of the aisles.
2. A similar structure admitting light into an ancient building such as an Egyptian temple or a Roman basilica.
3. An upper portion of a wall containing windows, especially when rising above a lower roof.
[Middle English clerestorie : perhaps cler, giving light, clear; see clear + storie, tier; see story2.]
n, pl -ries
1. (Architecture) a row of windows in the upper part of the wall of a church that divides the nave from the aisle, set above the aisle roof
2. (Architecture) the part of the wall in which these windows are set. Compare blindstorey
[C15: from clear + storey]
ˈclereˌstoried, ˈclearˌstoried adj
or clear•sto•ry(ˈklɪərˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries.
a portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight.