Definition of jamb
1 : an upright piece or surface forming the side of an opening (as for a door, window, or fireplace)
2 : a projecting columnar part or mass
Recent Examples of jamb from the Web
On a recent visit by The Bee to the fourth-floor stockroom, a staff member pointed out corroded drawer handles, door jambs and metal outlet covers.
Meanwhile, Swartz's cross-ideological cadres were kicking out the jambs.
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Origin and Etymology of jamb
Middle English jambe, borrowed from Anglo-French jambe, gaunbe “side post of a door or window,” literally, “leg,” going back to Late Latin gamba, camba “hock or upper leg of a horse,” borrowed from Greek kampḗ “bend, flexion of a limb,” probably going back to a European substratal base *kamp-, whence also perhaps Lithuanian kam̃pas “corner, hidden place,” Latvian kampis “curved piece of wood, kettle hook,” Gothic hamfs “maimed”
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
JAMB Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jamb for English Language Learners
: a board that forms the side of a door or window
JAMB Defined for Kids
Definition of jamb for Students
: a vertical piece forming the side of an opening (as for a doorway)
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