An oeil-de-boeuf window of the Château de Chenonceau, France

Oeil-de-boeuf, also œil de bœuf, (French, "bull's eye") 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.[1]


  1. ^ Burden, Ernest E., Illustrated dictionary of architecture, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2001, p.354, ISBN 0071375295, 9780071375290 Google books

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  • oeil-de-boeuf — n. m. Ouverture ronde ou ovale destinée à donner du jour. Des oeils de boeuf. ⇒OEIL( )DE( )BOEUF, (OEIL DE BOEUF, OEIL DE BOEUF)subst. masc. A. ARCHIT. Lucarne, fenêtre ronde ou ovale pratiquée dans la partie supérieure d un édifice ou dans un… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • oeil de boeuf — ⇒OEIL( )DE( )BOEUF, (OEIL DE BOEUF, OEIL DE BOEUF)subst. masc. A. ARCHIT. Lucarne, fenêtre ronde ou ovale pratiquée dans la partie supérieure d un édifice ou dans un mur. L escalier se développait derrière de manière à laisser pour cette chambre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • oeil-de-boeuf — [ëy də bëf′] n. pl. oeils de boeuf [ëy də bëf′] [Fr, eye of an ox] a round or oval window …   English World dictionary

  • OEil-de-boeuf — [OE]il de b[oe]uf , n.; pl. {[OE]ils de b[oe]uf}. [F., lit., eye of an ox.] (Arch.) A circular or oval window; generally used of architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries. A famous room in the palace of Versailles bears this name, from the oval …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oeil-de-Boeuf — Oeil de Boeuf, also œil de bœuf ( Bull s eye ) a term given to an oval window, set horizonally as a dormer. Windows of these type are featured heavily in grand architecture of baroque France …   Wikipedia

  • Oeil-de-boeuf — (spr. öj dĕ böff), Ochsenauge, in der Baukunst, bes. im Barockstil, eine runde oder ovale Öffnung über Türen, Fenstern, als Dachfenster etc. [Tafel: Barock und Rokoko I, 7 u. 10] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • oeil-de-boeuf — |ərdə|bə(r)f, |ə̄d , |əid , |ād , bə̄f, œydəbœf noun (plural oeils de boeuf “) Etymology: French, literally, eye of an ox : a circular or oval window * * * Fr. /ue yeu deuh buef /, n., pl. oeils de boeuf Fr. /ue yeu deuh buef /. a comparatively… …   Useful english dictionary

  • oeil-de-boeuf — nm., petite lucarne ronde ou ovale ; fenil // comble oeil de boeuf éclairé par un oeil de boeuf : lwêzi (Annecy), luizi (Albanais, FON.) ; koku (Balme Si.) …   Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • OEIL-DE-BOEUF — n. m. Fenêtre ronde ou ovale. On dit au pluriel Des oeils de boeuf. Les oeils de boeuf de la cour du Louvre sont ornés de sculptures …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • oeil-de-boeuf — noun (plural oeils de boeuf) Etymology: French œil de bœuf, literally, ox s eye Date: 1849 oculus 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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