or jambe



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.
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
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Examples from the Web for jambe

Historical Examples of jambe

  • "A jambe gules erased," said Sir Nigel, shaking his head solemnly.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "Jambe casse, beaucoup mal casse," explained the French scholar.

    Stella Fregelius

    H. Rider Haggard

British Dictionary definitions for jambe




a vertical side member of a doorframe, window frame, or lining
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 jambe



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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