See also: Gable, gâble, and gabble

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪ.bəl/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl

Etymology 1 edit

The southern English term gable probably came from Old French gable (compare modern French gâble), from Old Norse gafl. The northern form gavel is perhaps also akin to Old Norse gafl, masculine, of the same meaning (compare Swedish gavel, Danish gavl). See gafl for more etymology information.

A house with four gables visible.
More or less decorated central gables, as well as end-gables, are a prominent feature of some architectural styles such as Cape Dutch

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gable (plural gables)

  1. (architecture) The triangular area at the peak of an external wall adjacent to, and terminating, two sloped roof surfaces (pitches).
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gable (plural gables)

  1. (obsolete) A cable.
    • 1577–83, George Chapman, The Works of George Chapman. Poems and minor translations.The Hymns of Homer: A Hymn to Apollo., Chatto and Windus 1875 [3]:
      First, striking sail, their tacklings then they loosed.
      And (with their gables stoop'd) their mast imposed
      Into the mast-room.

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  1. inflection of gabeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative