a gable roof, each side of which has a shallower slope above a steeper one.Compare mansard(def 1).
Origin of gambrel roof
An Americanism dating back to 1755–65Related formsgam·brel-roofed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gambrel roof
Historical Examples of gambrel roof
The house, which was built in 1720, is of gambrel-roof type and a fine example of that period.
What thinkest thou of a gambrel-roof and a lean-to, two square front rooms, both fire-rooms, and a living-room?
The afternoon sunbeams at this moment are painting the gambrel-roof with a golden brown.
British Dictionary definitions for gambrel roof
mainly British a hipped roof having a small gable at both ends
mainly US and Canadian a roof having two slopes on both sides, the lower slopes being steeper than the upperCompare mansard (def. 1)
Sometimes shortened to: gambrelDerived Formsgambrel-roofed, adjective
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