gable

noun ga·ble \ ˈgā-bəl \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of gable

1 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
2 : a triangular part or structure

gabled

play \ˈgā-bəld\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of gable

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin gabulus, gabulum "gibbet" (borrowed from Celtic *gablo- "fork," whence Old Irish gabul "fork, gibbet, groin," Welsh gafl "fork, groin"), perhaps influenced in sense by northern Middle English and Scots gavel "triangular end of a building," borrowed from Old Norse gafl
Note: The word gable, attested only in Anglo-French and the French of Normandy, is unlikely to be a loan from Old Norse, which would have resulted in *gavle. Old Norse gafl appears to correspond to Old High German gibil "gable," Middle Dutch and Middle Low German gevel, and Gothic gibla, though the divergence in vocalism is unexplained.

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Gable

biographical name Ga·ble \ ˈgā-bəl \

Definition of Gable

(William) Clark 1901–1960 American actor

GABLE Defined for English Language Learners

gable

noun

Definition of gable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GABLE Defined for Kids

gable

noun ga·ble \ ˈgā-bəl \

Definition of gable for Students

: the triangular part of an outside wall of a building formed by the sides of a sloping roof

gabled

\ˈgā-bəld\ adjective
  • a gabled house


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