noun, often attributive
roof·​top | \ ˈrüf-ˌtäp, 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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Details are still forthcoming, but Cabra (which fittingly translates to goat in Spanish) will claim the hip property’s rooftop. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 Naturally, the stans were shouting their approval from the Twitter rooftops after the post went up. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson Shared a New Photo of "Little Women" Castmates Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet," 14 Dec. 2018 Most of these pipes also do double duty, collecting rainwater runoff from rooftops as well as streets. Winnie Hu, The Seattle Times, "What happens when 25,000 Amazon workers flush toilets?," 11 Dec. 2018 Weekend entrance lines extend down the block, and although hotel guests have priority, Sunday night is for those in the know, and so is the catbird perch of a rooftop table here. Stan Parish, WSJ, "A Splendid, (Mostly) Stationary Sunday at the Freehand New York," 10 Dec. 2018 The Rooftop Bar at the Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel Tremont House, Galveston's only open-air rooftop bar, offers friendly service and views of both the harbor and downtown. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Workers doing maintenance Tuesday morning found the first crack on a steel beam holding up the transit center's rooftop park. Fox News, "Second cracked beam found at $2B San Francisco's 'Grand Central'," 28 Sep. 2018 Now Sawyer is in Hong Kong to provide fire-safety analysis of the world’s tallest building, a $6 billion edifice about to open officially with more than 200 stories of offices, apartments, and a kind of rooftop holodeck. Gary Thompson,, "The Rock's towering presence fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 The result was the worst natural disaster in state history, a flood that killed dozens of people and left whole towns underwater, their residents stranded on rooftops. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of rooftop

1564, in the meaning defined above

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: the upper surface of a roof

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