clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , ˈkla(p)-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) \

Definition of clapboard

1 archaic : a size of board for making staves and wainscoting
2 : a narrow board usually thicker at one edge than the other used for siding
3 \ ˈklap-​ˌbȯrd How to pronounce ˈklap-ˌbȯrd (audio) \ : a pair of hinged boards one of which has a slate with data identifying a piece of film and which are banged together in front of a motion-picture camera at the start of a take to facilitate editing

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To that end, the front façade of the farmhouse features white, composite clapboards, modest-size windows and a traditional roofline. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Secretly Stylish Interiors of Undercover Luxury Homes," 30 Aug. 2018 Location: New Hamton, New Jersey Price: $344,900 On the market for the first time in 35 years, this three-bedroom, two-bath clapboard frame house one hour east of Newark, New Jersey, is packed full of historic charm. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Cozy historic cottage with beamed ceilings asks $344K," 20 Sep. 2018 At 3,590 square feet, the house was built in the Greek Revival style featuring a two-story clapboard vernacular design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Picture-perfect farmhouse near Atlanta asks $515K," 14 Sep. 2018 There, stationed squarely on Main Street, alongside a 19th-century clapboard inn and a boutique selling horsehair jewelry, the Creede Repertory Theatre (established in 1966) presents classics and newer plays. Elisabeth Vincentelli, WSJ, "Small-Town Theaters Worth the Trip," 16 Aug. 2018 The white clapboard main house and most of the log guest cabins were built a century ago. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Toller’s church, with its slender steeple and whitewashed clapboards, evokes both a bygone era of American Christianity and a battered civic order, a small-town world of hard work, humility and faith. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 The 3,100-square-foot property consists of three parts: one with vertical clapboard siding and a slanted roof and one with a minimalist façade and a single-gabled, metal roof reminiscent of a small Midwestern farmhouse. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 Trillium Café Housed in a whitewashed clapboard house, this restaurant is beloved for its quintessential California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of clapboard

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clapboard

partial translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood

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The first known use of clapboard was circa 1520

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English Language Learners Definition of clapboard

chiefly US
: a narrow board that is thicker at one edge than at the other and that is used to cover the outsides of buildings
: a set of narrow boards covering the outside of a building


clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , -ˌbȯrd\

Kids Definition of clapboard

: a narrow board thicker at one edge than at the other used as siding for a building

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