gambrel roof

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  1. 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 1755–65

Other words from gambrel roof

  • gambrel-roofed, adjective

Words Nearby gambrel roof Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gambrel roof in a sentence

  • Two large windows, one in each end of the gambrel roof, afforded light and air.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown | Lucy Foster Madison
  • The gambrel roof appeared before the eighteenth century and was commonly used in New England farmhouses.

    Remodeled Farmhouses | Mary H. Northend
  • The next roof-form, built from early colonial days, and popular a century ago, was what was known as the gambrel roof.

    Home Life in Colonial Days | Alice Morse Earle
  • The gambrel roof had a certain grace of outline, especially when joined with lean-tos and other additions.

    Home Life in Colonial Days | Alice Morse Earle
  • It was quite an old frame-building, two stories high, with a gambrel roof and tall chimneys.

British Dictionary definitions for gambrel roof

gambrel roof

  1. mainly British a hipped roof having a small gable at both ends

  2. mainly US and Canadian a roof having two slopes on both sides, the lower slopes being steeper than the upper: Compare mansard (def. 1)

  • Sometimes shortened to: gambrel

Derived forms of gambrel roof

  • gambrel-roofed, adjective

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