gable

noun
ga·​ble | \ˈgā-bəl \

Definition of gable 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Gable

biographical name
Ga·​ble | \ˈgā-bəl \

Definition of Gable (Entry 2 of 2)

(William) Clark 1901–1960 American actor

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Noun

1 gable 1a

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Noun

gabled \ˈgā-​bəld \ adjective

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Magazine The penchant for evocative artistry has been a staple of the architects’ catalog ever since—as has the gable, the closest thing H&dM has to a signature trope. Ian Volner, WSJ, "Swiss Architecture Firm Herzog & De Meuron Celebrates 40 Years," 4 Nov. 2018 Arched doors and windows, baroque gables and a clay tile roof are among the 1930 home's character details. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Studio titan's estate draws $68 million in Holmby Hills," 19 May 2018 Arched doors and windows, baroque gables and a clay tile roof are among the 1930 home's character details. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Studio titan's estate draws $68 million in Holmby Hills," 19 May 2018 The life-size bovine who lives on John’s gable has turned in her rainbow Pride scarf for a red, white and blue rocket. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "On the town — or in this house, many towns," 3 July 2018 Engineers who inspected the remaining structure of the church at 1046 N. 9th St. determined that its masonry walls and gables, with temporary shoring and bracing, appear to be in satisfactory condition for reconstruction, according to a statement. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church appears fit for restoration after devastating fire," 4 June 2018 Arched doors and windows, baroque gables and a clay tile roof are among the 1930 home's character details. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Studio titan's estate draws $68 million in Holmby Hills," 19 May 2018 Its facade features an exuberant series of peaked gables, each bracketed by swirling turrets. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Another ornate Philadelphia church faces the wrecking ball | Inga Saffron," 20 Apr. 2018 The exterior design, with columns supporting the front porch overhang, the setbacks and gables that add visual appeal, and the substantial and beautifully detailed front door that beckons visitors, only hint at what awaits. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 115 Waverly Drive, Newington," 9 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of gable

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gable

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gable

: 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

noun
ga·​ble | \ˈgā-bəl \

Kids Definition of gable

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

Other Words from gable

gabled \ˈgā-​bəld \ adjective a gabled house

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