Definition of gambrel
: a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals
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One sports a gambrel roof, another a saltbox shape, a third the shape of a whimsical birdhouse.
The Dutch Colonial style house has the traditional gambrel roof.
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Origin and Etymology of gambrel
probably borrowed from Middle French (Norman) *gamberel, *gambereau (attested only in plural gambereaulx) “kind of pole or fork used by butchers,” apparently re-formation or derivative of gambier, jambier “piece of wood used to keep the legs of a slaughtered animal separate,” from gambe, jambe “leg” + -ier 2-er — more at jamb
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
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