gable definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Germanic as in Old Norse gafl, gable, akin to German giebel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghebhel-, gable, head from source Classical Greek kephalē
gable definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English gable, gavel, from Norman French gable (perhaps of Celtic origin) and from Old Norse gafl; see ghebh-el- in Indo-European roots.
- gaˈbled adjective
, (William) Clark 1901-1960.