or jambe

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  1. Architecture, Building Trades.
    1. either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
    2. either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
  2. Armor. greave.

Origin of jamb

1350–1400; Middle English jambe < Middle French: leg, jamb < Late Latin gamba, variant of camba pastern, leg < Greek kampḗ bend of a limb


verb (used with or without object) Obsolete.
  1. jam1.
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Related Words for jamb

post, support, frame, lintel

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British Dictionary definitions for jamb



  1. a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
  2. a vertical inside face of an opening in a wall

Word Origin for jamb

C14: from Old French jambe leg, jamb, from Late Latin gamba hoof, hock, from Greek kampē joint
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Word Origin and History for jamb

side-piece of a door, window, etc., early 14c., from Old French jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank" (12c.), from Late Latin gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).

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