gambrel roof


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

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.

    Historic Homes

    Mary H. Northend

  • 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

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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