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.]
1. A gallery for minstrels.
2. A small apartment next a hall, where certain persons were accustomed to dine; a sort of recess.
(Arch.) A bay window. See Bay window.
The beams that thro' the oriel shineTennyson.
Make prisms in every carven glass.
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 ground.
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