A pair of gargoyles.
The definition of a gargoyle is a grotesquely carved figure or face that is often used as a waterspout on a building by extending it off the gutter of the building to allow for water to be directed away from the wall.
The carved figures on the gutters atNotre Dame cathedral in France are an example of gargoyles.
- a waterspout, usually in the form of a grotesquely carved animal or fantastic creature, projecting from the gutter of a building
- a projecting ornament (on a building) that looks like this
- a person with grotesque features
Origin of gargoyleMiddle English gargule, throat from Old French gargouille: see gargle
- A roof spout usually in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
- A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.
- A person of bizarre or grotesque appearance.
Origin of gargoyleMiddle English gargoile from Old French gargole, gargouille throat, waterspout
From Old French gargouille.