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A board, typically an ornamental one, fixed to the gable end of a roof to hide the ends of the roof timbers.
- ‘The report praised the charm of the well maintained street houses paying particular compliment to the house by the Clodiagh bridge with decorative red painted bargeboards setting off the corner of the bridge.’
- ‘Yet another lodge, this one with high gables containing carved bargeboards, was sold in the mid-1990s for around £28,000 and then resold a couple of years later for about £100,000.’
- ‘Not only is this a large building, it is one with sophisticated carpentry and rich design: see the carved bargeboards of the porches.’
Mid 19th century: from mid 16th-century barge- (used in architectural terms relating to the gable of a building), perhaps from medieval Latin bargus ‘gallows’.
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