[ uh-lawft, uh-loft ]
/ əˈlɔft, əˈlɒft /


high up; far above the ground.
  1. on the masts; in the rigging; overhead.
  2. (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the upper rigging, specifically, on or above the lower yards (opposed to alow).
in or into the air.


on or at the top of: flags flying aloft the castle.


Nearby words

  1. aloe vera,
  2. aloes,
  3. aloeswood,
  4. aloeus,
  5. alofi,
  6. alogi,
  7. alogia,
  8. alogical,
  9. alogically,
  10. aloha

Origin of aloft

1150–1200; Middle English o loft; < Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see a-1, loft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aloft


/ (əˈlɒft) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

in or into a high or higher place; up above
nautical in or into the rigging of a vessel

Word Origin for aloft

C12: from Old Norse ā lopt in the air; see lift 1, loft

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Word Origin and History for aloft



c.1200, from a Scandinavian source; cf. Old Norse a lopti "up above," literally "up in the air," from a "in, on" + lopt "sky, air, atmosphere; loft, upper room" (cf. Gothic luftus, Old High German luft, Old English lyft "air;" see loft).

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