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[kok-lawft, -loft]
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noun Older Use.
  1. a small loft or attic above the highest finished ceiling of a building.
  2. a completely enclosed space between rafters and a suspended ceiling.
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Origin of cockloft

First recorded in 1580–90; cock1 + loft
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Historical Examples

  • "We are going down to Cockloft Hall," explained Mr. Whitney.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • This hasty and guarded conversation was carried on between two plebe cadets who had met in a corridor of the academy "cockloft."

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

    Burt L. Standish

  • There is a cockloft, where the men write their letters, and rude benches, where they sit and smoke and tell yarns till bedtime.

  • The audience numbered nearly two thousand, pit, gallery and cockloft being filled to overflowing.

  • Then she told him where the steps were and insisted that he should go up into the cockloft to be sure that I was not there.

British Dictionary definitions for cockloft


  1. a small loft, garret, or attic
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