Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture A large window or series of windows projecting from the outer wall of a building and forming a recess within.
  • n. Slang A protruding belly; a paunch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room.
  • n. A protruding belly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A window forming a bay or recess in a room, and projecting outward from the wall, either in a rectangular, polygonal, or semicircular form; -- often corruptly called a bow window.
  • a protruding abdomen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, properly, a window forming a recess or bay in a room, projecting outward, and rising from the ground or basement on a plan rectangular, semi-octagonal, or semi-hexagonal, but always straight-sided.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house
  • n. slang for a paunch

Etymologies

From bay + window. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A round oak table sat snugly in a rounded bay window that was adorned with cafe-style curtains of sun-faded yellow-and-white gingham.

    Moon Dance

  • Therefore I shall not dwell on the ecstasy of our physical rejoining, which took place in all the frankness of the morning sunlight streaming through the bay window onto the many-coloured counterpane of Mrs. Hakim's bed.

    the mission song

  • The white-haired old man strolled over to the bay window to say hello, accompanied by his longtime nurse, Marjorie Earnshaw.

    I. O. U.

  • A sofa, two wing chairs, and a frayed basket chair gathered around the fireplace, a round table and four chairs occupied the sunny south bay window (where I sat), and a work desk piled high with papers and objects stood beneath a leaded, diamond-paned window in the west: a room of many purposes.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • Two white-painted wicker chairs sat in the bay window to my left, arranged on either side of a small, high table just large enough for a cup-laden tray.

    Locked Rooms

  • And more than an hour and an half Dame Guenever was awaiting in a bay window with her ladies, and espied an armed knight standing in a chariot.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2

  • She pulled up to LuLing's place, a two-unit Mediterranean-style with an apricot-colored curved front and a fake bay window balcony with wrought-iron grating.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • In the original inner courtyard, the Holbein Porch was designed in imitation of Hampton Court, with a great bay window providing light for rooms on a number of floors.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • In front of the large bay window Grandma Penshine stood watching as three witches hobbled toward her front door carrying a sign that read, SHAKESPEARE IS NOT DEAD!

    The Wish Stealers

  • From the desk in the bay window I extracted a wax-sealed envelope marked bruno's copy containing the pre-nuptial agreement drafted by Penelope's far-sighted father to cover precisely this moment.

    the mission song

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