\ ˈēv How to pronounce eave (audio) \

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

Examples of eave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are the triangular windows tucked just under the eave-less gable roof line. Sarah Bonnette | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Floor-to-ceiling windows let the Indoors and outdoors merge in a sleek Covington renovation," 30 Dec. 2020 The bungalow has signature Craftsman features, including narrow double-drop siding as well as wide eave overhangs to shade the interior. oregonlive, "Ashland Hostel, a ‘Wild’ welcome to Cheryl Strayed, hikers, theater goers and students, is for sale at $695,000," 18 Nov. 2020 The eave is the lowest part of the roof that extends out beyond the house walls. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 Jenni Pittman, a science and operations officer at the National Weather Service, posted to Twitter Friday a time-lapse video of icicles forming on the eave of her home's roof in Olathe, Kansas. Jennifer Gray And Judson Jones, CNN, "Millions remain in the path of a large-scale winter storm as it tracks through the Northeast," 18 Jan. 2020 Place the first bulb from the male end of a strand on the corner of the eave that's closest to an outlet. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 Flames can also enter through an open window, eave or vent. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Despite wildfires, some homeowners resist efforts to cut vegetation," 23 Nov. 2019 Now extend the light strand along the eave and around the exterior of the house. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 The second stories of these homes were uniquely tall and featured high, arched windows that extended past the eave of the roof, adding to the heightened appearance of the house. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eave.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of eave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eave

Middle English eves (singular), from Old English efes; akin to Old High German obasa portico, Old English ūp up — more at up

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eave

Time Traveler for eave

Time Traveler

The first known use of eave was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for eave

Cite this Entry

“Eave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eave. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for eave


\ ˈēv How to pronounce eave (audio) \

Kids Definition of eave

: the lower edge of a roof that sticks out past the wall usually used in pl.

More from Merriam-Webster on eave

Nglish: Translation of eave for Spanish Speakers

Comments on eave

What made you want to look up eave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!