sof·​fit ˈsä-fət How to pronounce soffit (audio)
: the underside of a part or member of a building (as of an overhang or staircase)
especially : the intrados of an arch

Examples of soffit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the mold reappeared, and a local siding company told them that the roof was their problem: There were holes in it, the sides were rotten and the soffit and fascia boards were falling apart, according to the lawsuit. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 The board also approved temporary fixes to the prison, including closing off the area above the entrance doors to the prison yard with a security metal soffit, removing basketball hoops and adding correctional officers to the prison yards to supplement the supervision from the guard tower. Jared Kofsky, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Keep house vents clear of debris, and install one-eighth-inch metal mesh screening to prevent embers from making their way in through eaves, soffits, crawl space vents and under decks. Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 The drains in the soffit of the new building will be consolidated in the Arctic pipeline, designed for the extreme cold, to ensure that the drainage remains flowing and is serviceable, Wells said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023 For example, the Assembly is also considering a purchasing request for $479,000 to repair an exterior soffit that was severely damaged by a broken water sprinkler pipe. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 11 July 2023 Although the new, large double-pane windows provide plenty of natural light during the day, Fortuño created recessed soffit lighting with warm LED lights that wrap around different areas of the apartment to add direct and indirect light where needed. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 All siding and soffit pieces have nail slots. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2021 Site improvements to the Margate Shopping Center (also known as Ace Hardware Plaza), including stucco work on the entire building, stonework, construction of columns, wall repair, soffit work, and sidewalk and parking lot protection for a total of $96,395. Lisa J. Huriash,, 3 June 2021 See More

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Word History


French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, past participle of Latin suffigere to fasten underneath — more at suffix

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soffit was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Soffit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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