gable

[ gey-buh l ]
/ ˈgeɪ bəl /

noun Architecture.

the portion of the front or side of a building enclosed by or masking the end of a pitched roof.
a decorative member suggesting a gable, used especially in Gothic architecture.
Also called gable wall. a wall bearing a gable.

Origin of gable

1325–75; Middle English < Old French (of Germanic orig.); cognate with Old Norse gafl; compare Old English gafol, geafel a fork

Related forms

ga·ble·like, adjective

Definition for gable (2 of 2)

Gable

[ gey-buh l ]
/ ˈgeɪ bəl /

noun

(William) Clark,1901–60, U.S. film actor.

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British Dictionary definitions for gable (1 of 2)

gable

/ (ˈɡeɪbəl) /

noun

the triangular upper part of a wall between the sloping ends of a pitched roof (gable roof)
a triangular ornamental feature in the form of a gable, esp as used over a door or window
the triangular wall on both ends of a gambrel roof

Derived Forms

gabled, adjectivegable-like, adjective

Word Origin for gable

C14: Old French gable, probably from Old Norse gafl; related to Old English geafol fork, Old High German gibil gable

British Dictionary definitions for gable (2 of 2)

Gable

/ (ˈɡeɪbəl) /

noun

(William) Clark. 1901–60, US film actor. His films include It Happened One Night (1934), San Francisco (1936), Gone with the Wind (1939), Mogambo (1953), and The Misfits (1960)

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