ga·​ble ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce gable (audio)
: the vertical triangular end of a building from cornice or eaves to ridge
: the similar end of a gambrel roof
: the end wall of a building
: a triangular part or structure
gabled adjective

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Examples of gable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gable's end is left open and the wall fills the space between the slopes. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 June 2024 The glass-and-steel roof soared above the platforms, and the interior gable was illuminated by a giant neon advertisement for 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser, the original eau de cologne, a scent dating to the late eighteenth century and the source of the city’s association with fragrance. John Ganz, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 An alternate bid was accepted for North Carroll Middle, which McCabe said includes the installation of metal wall panels at the gables and increased the project’s cost by $59,400. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 19 Mar. 2024 In keeping with the style, the home has a brick facade with multiple overlapping gables of varying heights. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for gable 

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of gable was in the 15th century

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“Gable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ga·​ble ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce gable (audio)
: the triangular part of an outside wall of a building that is formed by the sides of the roof sloping down from the ridgepole to the eaves
: a triangular structure (as over a door or window)
gabled adjective

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Ga·​ble ˈgā-bəl How to pronounce Gable (audio)
(William) Clark 1901–1960 American actor

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