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The word window originates from the Old Norse vindauga, from vindr wind and auga eye, i.e. "wind eye". In Norwegian Nynorsk and Icelandic the Old Norse form has survived to this day (in Icelandic only as a less used synonym to gluggi), in Swedish the word vind鐷a remains as a term for a hole through the roof of a hut, and in the Danish language vindue and Norwegian Bokm嶚 vindu, the direct link to eye is lost, just like for 'window'. The Danish (but not the Bokm嶚) word is pronounced fairly similarly to window.
Window is first recorded in the early 13th century, and originally referred to an unglazed hole in a roof. Window replaced the Old English eagyrl, which literally means eye-hole, and eagduru eye-door. Many Germanic languages however adopted the Latin word fenestra to describe a window with glass, such as standard Swedish f霵ster, or German Fenster. The use of window in English is probably due to the Scandinavian influence on the English language by means of loanwords during the Viking Age. In English the word fenester was used as a parallel until the mid-18th century and fenestration is still used to describe the arrangement of windows within a fa蓷de.

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