One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental frame around the top and sides of a door, window, or fireplace.
Late 17th century. From French chambranle, probably an alteration of chambrande from an unattested post-classical Latin form *camerandus or its neuter singular *camerandum, use as noun of gerundive of post-classical Latin camerare, thus lit. ‘something which must be arched’. See further Trésor de la langue française at cited word.
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