soffit


sof·fit

noun \ˈsä-fət\

Definition of SOFFIT

:  the underside of a part or member of a building (as of an overhang or staircase); especially :  the intrados of an arch

Origin of SOFFIT

French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, past participle of Latin suffigere to fasten underneath — more at suffix
First Known Use: 1592

Other Architecture Terms

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

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