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[sok-uh l, soh-kuh l] /ˈsɒk əl, ˈsoʊ kəl/
noun, Architecture.
a low, plain part forming a base for a column, pedestal, or the like; plinth.
Origin of socle
1695-1705; < French < Italian zoccolo wooden shoe, base of a pedestal < Latin socculus literally, little soccus; see sock1, -ule Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • In the socle beneath is Solon addressing the people of Athens.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • The height of the socle was six feet, and it was thirty-nine feet wide.

  • This will be a socle, and should be about one and a half to two inches high.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The drawing in brown upon the socle beneath this fresco, is by Pierino del Vaga, and represents the death of Archimedes.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • Arrange them on a socle or on a mound of salad, and serve with them a Mayonnaise sauce and lettuce.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The tomb comprises three pieces: one for the socle, one for the slab, and another for the cross.

    Over Strand and Field

    Gustave Flaubert
  • In the centre is placed a socle or pedestal of a glittering substance, like glass, but of what composition is not known.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • Two finely carved pyramids arose gloriously at the two extremes of the socle, which they confronted.

  • Ornament the top of socle with a star of aspic, or with a bunch of nasturtium, or other blossoms or leaves.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The simplest way of making a socle is to take a loaf of stale bread, remove the crust, and cut the crumb to the desired shape.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
British Dictionary definitions for socle


another name for plinth (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian zoccolo, from Latin socculus a little shoe, from soccus a sock1
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