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[bahrj-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbɑrdʒˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board, often carved, hanging from the projecting end of a sloping roof.
Also called vergeboard.
1825-35; barge (of obscure origin) + board Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bargeboard
  • Fibers made from flax and hemp were used for simple parts such as the bargeboard and bib, which are used to improve aerodynamics.
  • The soffit of the balcony gable, which is cut to approximate the form of the bargeboard terminals, is similarly treated.
  • High peaked gable roofs have overhanging eaves embellished with curvilinear bargeboard trim, pendants, and finials.
  • Equally playful, the bargeboard displays alternating wooden spheres and rectangular, wood panels.
  • Both porches have sawn decorations, and an elaborate bargeboard is situated in the east gable end of the house.
  • The attic story is marked by a bargeboard decorated gable containing a lunette.
  • The side-gable roof is covered with standing seam metal with a simple wood bargeboard and boxed cornice.
British Dictionary definitions for bargeboard


a board, often decorated with carved ornaments, placed along the gable end of a roof Also called vergeboard
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Encyclopedia Article for bargeboard

exposed board or false rafter running underneath the slopes of a projecting gable roof. Such a board is often richly decorated with carved, cut-out, or painted designs and patterns, particularly in late medieval Europe, in Tudor England, and in 19th-century Gothic Revival architecture in England and the United States.

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