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 Look for a gambrel with an integrated block and tackle to give a mechanical advantage when lifting heavy game. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Tools You Need to Process Game Meat," 3 Jan. 2020 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "How Henry Ford helped create historic Dearborn neighborhood that's still popular today," 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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“Gambrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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