[ sof-it ]
/ ˈsɒf ɪt /
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noun Architecture.

the underside of an architectural feature, as a beam, arch, ceiling, vault, or cornice.



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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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British Dictionary definitions for soffit

/ (ˈsɒfɪt) /


the underside of a part of a building or a structural component, such as an arch, beam, stair, etc
Also called: crown, vertex the upper inner surface of a drain or sewerCompare invert (def. 6)
C17: via French from Italian soffitto, from Latin suffixus something fixed underneath, from suffīgere, from sub- under + fīgere to fasten
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