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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 (confer 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


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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Etymology 2[edit]


gable (plural gables)

  1. (archaic) 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 [1]:
      First, striking sail, their tacklings then they loosed.
      And (with their gables stoop'd) their mast imposed
      Into the mast-room.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gable in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)





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