- the triangular wall enclosed by the sloping ends of a ridged roof
- popularly the whole section, including wall, roof, and space enclosed
- the end wall of a building, the upper part of which is a gable
- Archit. a triangular decorative feature, such as that over a door or window
Origin of gableMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Gmc, as in Old Norse gafl, gable, akin to German giebel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghebhel-, gable, head from source Classical Greek kephal?
to put a gable or gables on
1901-60; U.S. film actor
- a. The generally triangular section of wall at the end of a pitched roof, occupying the space between the two slopes of the roof.b. The whole end wall of a building or wing having a pitched roof.
- A triangular, usually ornamental architectural section, as one above an arched door or window.
Origin of gableMiddle English gable, gavel, from Norman French gable (perhaps of Celtic origin) and from Old Norse gafl; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French gable (compare modern French gâble).
- A cable.