Definition of eave
1 : the lower border of a roof that overhangs the wall —usually used in plural
2 : a projecting edge (as of a hill) —usually used in plural
Origin of eave
Middle English eves (singular), from Old English efes; akin to Old High German obasa portico, Old English ūp up — more at up
First Known Use: before 12th century
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: the lower edge of a roof that sticks out past the wall —usually used in pl.
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