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 outside is nothing special: faded yellow facade, metal gambrel roof, no bigger than a three-car garage. Alex Prewitt,, "Double Duty: The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL," 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, "So What Is Dutch Colonial Style, Anyway?," 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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“Gambrel roof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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