soffit

[sof-it]
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Origin of soffit

1605–15; < French soffite < Italian soffitto < Vulgar Latin *suffīctus, for Latin suffīxus; see suffix
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Related Words for soffit

rim, soffit, sole, root, belly, underneath

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British Dictionary definitions for soffit

soffit

noun
  1. the underside of a part of a building or a structural component, such as an arch, beam, stair, etc
  2. Also called: crown, vertex the upper inner surface of a drain or sewerCompare invert (def. 6)

Word Origin for soffit

C17: via French from Italian soffitto, from Latin suffixus something fixed underneath, from suffīgere, from sub- under + fīgere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for soffit
n.

architectural term referring to under-faces, 1610s, from Italian soffita, fem. of soffitto "ceiling," noun use of adjective meaning "fixed beneath," from Vulgar Latin *suffictus "fastened below," from Latin suffixus (see suffix (n.)).

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