noun ga·ble \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 Ga·ble \ˈgā-bəl\

Definition of GABLE

(William) Clark 1901–1960 Am. actor


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