so·​cle ˈsō-kəl How to pronounce socle (audio) ˈsä- How to pronounce socle (audio)
: a projecting usually molded member at the foot of a wall or pier or beneath the base of a column, pedestal, or superstructure

Word History


French, from Italian zoccolo sock, socle, from Latin socculus, diminutive of soccus sock

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of socle was circa 1704

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Cite this Entry

“Socle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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