Definitions for oeil-de-boeufFr. ˌœ yə dəˈbœf
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
oeil-de-boeufFr. ˌœ yə dəˈbœf(n.)(pl.)oeils-de-boeuf
a comparatively small round or oval window, as in a frieze.
Origin of oeil-de-boeuf:
< F: lit., bull's eye
Oeil-de-boeuf, also œil de bœuf, is a term applied to a relatively small oval window, typically for an upper storey, and sometimes set on a roof slope as a dormer, or above a door to give light. Windows of this type are commonly found in the grand architecture of Baroque France. The term is also so often applied to similar round windows that this must be considered part of the usage. It is sometimes anglicized as an "ox-eye window". The term initially applied to horizontal oval windows, but is also used for vertical ones.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a large reception-room in the palace of Versailles, lighted by a window so called (ox-eye it means), and is the name given in French history to the French Court, particularly during the Revolution period.
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