noun, often attributive
roof·​top | \ ˈrüf-ˌtäp How to pronounce rooftop (audio) , ˈru̇f-\

Definition of rooftop

: roof especially : the outer surface of a roof

Examples of rooftop in a Sentence

They have a garden on the rooftop of the apartment building. He wanted to shout from the rooftops when he got the job.

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Police searched bags at checkpoints, watched from rooftops, rode bicycles and motorcycles around the perimeter, and gathered near squad cars and police trucks. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Hundreds Protesting Racism Mark Charlottesville Anniversary," 11 Aug. 2018 Happy hour will also move to the rooftop from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Carolina Gusman,, "Lion Fish Coastal Cuisine launches all new al fresco dining," 19 Apr. 2018 But in the comic books, several people have swung from rooftop to rooftop in the Spidey suit, including Miles Morales. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Here's a Complete List of All the Upcoming Marvel Movies," 17 Apr. 2018 Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume) heads to the rooftops of Paris, following a family of three escaping a deadly gas cloud that’s overcome the city below. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Just a Breath Away' ('Dans la brume'): Film Review," 9 Apr. 2018 After dinner, go on up to the Hotel Lincoln rooftop for your next date location. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Dinner at The Kennison then drinks at The J. Parker," 1 Dec. 2017 Installation and other costs make up a bigger portion of rooftop systems. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trump tariffs on solar panels, washing machines could raise prices," 24 Jan. 2018 Muhammad sent his short story via a go-between to my illiterate mother, guessing that her neighbor would read it to her secretly on the rooftop, as usual. New York Times, "Hanan al-Shaykh: By the Book," 5 July 2018 In an impromptu memorial outside a Hollywood bike shop, up to 1,000 fans filled the street and danced on rooftops, shouting along with his songs beneath a cloud of pot smoke. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Slain rapper XXXTentacion gets sendoff at memorial in Florida hockey arena," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of rooftop

1564, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rooftop

: the upper surface of a roof

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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