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gargoyle

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noun gar·goyle \ˈgär-ˌgȯi(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of gargoyle

  • : a strange or ugly human or animal figure that sticks out from the roof of a building (such as a church)

Full Definition of gargoyle

  1. 1 a :  a spout in the form of a grotesque human or animal figure projecting from a roof gutter to throw rainwater clear of a building b :  a grotesquely carved figure

  2. 2 :  a person with an ugly face

gar·goyled play \-ˌgȯi(-ə)ld\ adjective

Illustration of gargoyle

Origin of gargoyle

Middle English gargule, gargoyl, from Old French gargoule


First Known Use: 13th century

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GARGOYLE Defined for Kids

gargoyle

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noun gar·goyle \ˈgär-ˌgȯil\

Definition of gargoyle

  1. :  a strange or frightening human or animal figure that sticks out from the roof of a building and often serves as a waterspout





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