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gambrel roof

a gable roof, each side of which has a shallower slope above a steeper one.
Compare mansard (def 1).
Origin of gambrel roof
1755-65, Americanism
Related forms
gambrel-roofed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The gambrel roof lines of the three sections of the house run north-south.
  • The gambrel roof has a large center ridge and a cross-gabled cupola with shutter vents adds character.
  • It has a gambrel roof with exposed rafter tails, clad with milled wood shingles.
  • It has a dormered gambrel roof flanked by external end chimneys.
  • The barn has a gambrel roof with two differing pitches, and an attractive hay dormer.
  • It continues the steep-hipped gambrel roof, now covered with modern roofing.
  • The height of the gambrel roof provided nearly a full second floor.
  • The barn is two stories with a gambrel roof, and board and batten siding.
  • The gambrel roof is one of the barn's more distinguishing features.
  • It has a gambrel roof with excellent interior panelling and stairway.
British Dictionary definitions for gambrel roof

gambrel roof

(mainly Brit) a hipped roof having a small gable at both ends
(mainly US & Canadian) a roof having two slopes on both sides, the lower slopes being steeper than the upper Compare mansard (sense 1)
Sometimes shortened to gambrel
Derived Forms
gambrel-roofed, adjective
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