Definition of gable
1a : the vertical triangular end of a building from cornice or eaves to ridgeb : the similar end of a gambrel roofc : the end wall of a building
2 : a triangular part or structure
gabledplay \ˈgā-bəld\ adjective
Recent Examples of gable from the Web
Gates restrict access to the side roads, where houses with shingles, decks and, increasingly, raised concrete foundations and multiple gables are packed closely together.
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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 ◆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.
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Gable
(William) Clark 1901–1960 American actor
GABLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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