ga·​ble | \ ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce gable (audio) \

Definition of gable

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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


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Ga·​ble | \ ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce Gable (audio) \

Definition of Gable (Entry 2 of 2)

(William) Clark 1901–1960 American actor

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gabled \ ˈgā-​bəld How to pronounce gabled (audio) \ adjective

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And his Highland Park home, El Alisal, features a Mission Revival-style gable and bell tower; it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Steve Carney, Los Angeles Times, "Mission Revival as an architectural movement helped sell California," 23 Aug. 2019 With wood shake siding painted red on the lower walls and Tudorlike stucco and trim mimicking wattle and daub in the gables, the house also features an exaggerated, fairytale roofline. Richard A. Marini,, "Historic Tobin Hill home renovation paired wheelchair accessibility with preservation," 6 Aug. 2019 The place, distinguished by three gables, is partially hidden by hedges and trees., "The childhood home is where the heart is," 4 Aug. 2019 The house was built in 1705 by Cornelis Cool, a Dutchman, in the Dutch style, with Dutch doors and saw-toothed shapes in the gables called vlechtingen. Russell Shorto, New York Times, "In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time," 17 June 2019 The exterior features a steep roof with side gables and a minor overhang, and often includes shutters, which serve as protection from the strong New England winds. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "What is a Cape Cod-Style House? Reasons to Love the Quintessential Look," 14 June 2019 Photo: Alamy Munich Start at Karlsplatz, not far from the main rail station, and stroll the half-dozen pedestrian-only blocks through a wonderland of pastel houses, stepped gables and windows dripping with geraniums, on down to the Rathaus. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 In fact, two crosses—the beams and the gables—are superimposed but offset. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 Hence the magnificent gables, the plaster scrolls, escutcheons, vases, masks, garlands, festoons, cartouches, balustrades, and whatnot. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of gable


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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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


ga·​ble | \ ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce gable (audio) \

Kids Definition of gable

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

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gabled \ ˈgā-​bəld \ adjective a gabled house

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