gam·​brel | \ ˈgam-brəl How to pronounce gambrel (audio) \

Definition of gambrel

: a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals

Examples of gambrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Shelter Island, a 10,000-square-foot gambrel-style house with a 150-foot dock on Peconic Bay closed for $9.1 million last month after sitting on the market, initially at $10.9 million for two to three years. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Hanging an animal on a gambrel, particularly in a meat locker, is cleaner and easier. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 The class started by hanging the deer on a gambrel to secure it off the ground and separate its hind legs. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2020 Look for a gambrel with an integrated block and tackle to give a mechanical advantage when lifting heavy game. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 3 Jan. 2020 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gambrel

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -er entry 2 — more at jamb

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22 May 2021

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“Gambrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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