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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The too-good-to-be-true turquoise water, pastel houses with white rooftops and pink sand beaches are all renowned. Kelly Vaughan,, "Bermuda i n 72 hours: Yes, really," 17 Sep. 2019 The school wouldn’t be built until enough rooftops filled the area warranting construction. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Groundbreaking at 14,000 lot River Ranch signals start of master-planned community," 16 Sep. 2019 As Mimi’s life slipped quietly away in the artists’ garret, the sky over the Paris rooftops deepened with the red of a beautiful sunset, with a ruddy glow from the stage lights adding to a funereal twilight., "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Another repair date of Sept. 7 passed, and this week Corren said that in addition to the swing stage getting inspected and approved, the contractor also has to get the rooftop inspected. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cracked window high up in new downtown courthouse closes sidewalk for weeks," 15 Sep. 2019 Eataly's rooftop featuring Serra d'Autunno proves that autumn—not summer—is the perfect time of year for a meal while taking in the view of NYC's iconic skyscrapers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You've Got to See How Eataly's Rooftop Restaurant Transformed Itself for Fall," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, artists like Late Night Radio, GriZ and Maddy O'Neal have run with that torch, playing pop-up sets on rooftops and small clubs on the odd nights home from globe-trotting tours. Dylan Owens, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Denver," 10 Sep. 2019 Shanghai is greening districts with wetland areas, rooftop gardens, parks and permeable pavements to capture, slow down and filter storm water. Ban Ki-moon, Time, "These 5 Big Changes Are Key for Humanity to Survive a Warming Climate," 10 Sep. 2019 Those who lived through the storm bring with them horrific tales of survival: breaking through rooftops or swimming onto boats to try and ride out the violent waters. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "As evacuations continue, hundreds of Bahamians were told to get off a ferry headed to the US," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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