jamb

noun \ ˈjam \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

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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"


JAMB Defined for English Language Learners

jamb

noun

Definition of jamb for English Language Learners

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


JAMB Defined for Kids

jamb

noun \ ˈjam \

Definition of jamb for Students

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


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