noun \ˈlft\

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things

: a high section of seats in a church or hall

: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls

Full Definition of LOFT

:  an upper room or floor :  attic
a :  a gallery in a church or hall
b :  one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned <living in a converted loft>
c :  hayloft
a :  the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b :  the act of lofting
:  the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (as goose down)
loft·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of LOFT

  1. The kids' bedroom has a loft.
  2. He rents a converted loft.

Origin of LOFT

Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to LOFT

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with LOFT



: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air

Full Definition of LOFT

transitive verb
:  to place, house, or store in a loft
:  to propel through the air or into space <lofted a long hit to center> <instruments lofted by a powerful rocket>
:  to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (as a ship's hull)
intransitive verb
:  to propel a ball high into the air
:  to rise high

Examples of LOFT

  1. He lofted a home run into the stands.
  2. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.

First Known Use of LOFT



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Upper space within a building, often open on one side, used for storage or other purposes (e.g., sleeping loft, hayloft). The term also refers to one of the upper floors in a factory or warehouse, typically undivided by partitions and now often converted to other uses, such as residences or artists' studios. In churches the rood loft is a display gallery above the rood screen (see cathedral), and a choir or organ loft is a gallery reserved for church singers and musicians. In theaters, the loft is the area above and behind the proscenium.


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