- 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?
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
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.