gambrel roof


Definition of gambrel roof

: a roof with a lower steeper slope and an upper less steep one on each of its two sides — see roof illustration

Examples of gambrel roof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Colonial-style house features a gambrel roof, hardwood floors, oversize windows and skylights, high ceilings, two fireplaces, great room and family room, formal dining and living rooms, and a finished basement with full bathroom. The Week Staff, The Week, 22 May 2022 The house has board-and-batten siding and a gambrel roof, as well as a timber-frame living room with vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, a kitchen with granite countertops and a two-story deck. Lia Picard, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Built in 1652 as a home, the red Colonial with clapboard walls and gambrel roof was converted into a tavern in 1673., 13 July 2021 The outside is nothing special: faded yellow facade, metal gambrel roof, no bigger than a three-car garage. Alex Prewitt,, 2 Oct. 2019 This style, which came to be called a gambrel roof, is also referred to as a barn roof, and became a fairly innovative feature for houses. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gambrel roof

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gambrel roof

perhaps from gambrel in sense "hock of a horse," compared to the shape of the roof

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4 Jun 2022

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“Gambrel roof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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