gambrel roof


a gable roof, each side of which has a shallower slope above a steeper one.Compare mansard(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. gambling,
  2. gambling house,
  3. gamboge,
  4. gambol,
  5. gambrel,
  6. gambrinus,
  7. gambusia,
  8. game,
  9. game bird,
  10. game birds

Origin of gambrel roof

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65

Related formsgam·brel-roofed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gambrel roof

  • What thinkest thou of a gambrel-roof and a lean-to, two square front rooms, both fire-rooms, and a living-room?

    Giles Corey, Yeoman|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The afternoon sunbeams at this moment are painting the gambrel-roof with a golden brown.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island|Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The house, which was built in 1720, is of gambrel-roof type and a fine example of that period.

    Historic Homes|Mary H. Northend

British Dictionary definitions for gambrel roof

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: gambrel

Derived Formsgambrel-roofed, adjective

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