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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The house, which was built in 1720, is of gambrel-roof type and a fine example of that period.

    Historic Homes Mary H. Northend
  • The afternoon sunbeams at this moment are painting the gambrel-roof with a golden brown.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • What thinkest thou of a gambrel-roof and a lean-to, two square front rooms, both fire-rooms, and a living-room?

    Giles Corey, Yeoman Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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