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[sok-uh l, soh-kuh l]
noun Architecture.
  1. a low, plain part forming a base for a column, pedestal, or the like; plinth.
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Origin of socle

1695–1705; < French < Italian zoccolo wooden shoe, base of a pedestal < Latin socculus literally, little soccus; see sock1, -ule
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Examples from the Web for socle

Historical Examples of socle

  • 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 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.

British Dictionary definitions for socle


  1. another name for plinth (def. 1)
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Word Origin for socle

C18: via French from Italian zoccolo, from Latin socculus a little shoe, from soccus a sock 1
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