jamb

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noun \ˈjam\

Definition of jamb

  1. 1 :  an upright piece or surface forming the side of an opening (as for a door, window, or fireplace)

  2. 2 :  a projecting columnar part or mass

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 century



JAMB Defined for English Language Learners

jamb

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noun \ˈjam\

Definition of jamb for English Language Learners

  • : a board that forms the side of a door or window


JAMB Defined for Kids

jamb

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noun \ˈjam\

Definition of jamb for Students

  1. :  a vertical piece forming the side of an opening (as for a doorway)



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