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gambrel roof

noun
1.
a gable roof, each side of which has a shallower slope above a steeper one.
Compare mansard (def 1).
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism
Related forms
gambrel-roofed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gambrel-roof

gambrel roof

noun
1.
(mainly Brit) a hipped roof having a small gable at both ends
2.
(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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