noun \ˈgā-bəl\

: a section of a building's outside wall that is shaped like a triangle and that is formed by two sections of the roof sloping down

Full Definition of GABLE

a :  the vertical triangular end of a building from cornice or eaves to ridge
b :  the similar end of a gambrel roof
c :  the end wall of a building
:  a triangular part or structure
ga·bled \-bəld\ adjective

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Origin of GABLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, probably from Medieval Latin gabulum gibbet, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish gabul forked stick
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with GABLE


biographical name \ˈgā-bəl\

Definition of GABLE

(William) Clark 1901–1960 Am. actor


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Triangular section formed by a roof with two slopes, extending from the eaves to the ridge where the two slopes meet. It may be miniaturized over a dormer window or entranceway. If the gable end projects above the roof level to form a parapet, the edge is often trimmed to form an ornamental silhouette (e.g., curved or stepped), as in Dutch town houses of the 16th and 17th centuries. In Asia, gables often feature projecting roof tiles and grotesque sculptures of animals at the ridge and eaves.


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