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
Origin and Etymology of gambrel roof
perhaps from gambrel in sense “hock of a horse,” compared to the shape of the roof
First Known Use: 1765
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