sof·​fit | \ ˈsä-fət How to pronounce soffit (audio) \

Definition of soffit

: 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 The home features clean-line Cottonwood limestone walls, mahogany soffits and siding and copper fascia. Dallas News, "Firm leads in 2019 estate sales, per MLS statistics," 12 Jan. 2020 The first phase of construction was to streamline everything: take out the cheap tongue and groove flooring, get rid of the weird soffits throughout the home, rework the staircase, and bring the bad build back to its original, personality-less form. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "California Cool Gets a High-Fashion Facelift In This Cheerful Newport Home," 7 Jan. 2020 The house is roofed with slate with copper for its soffits and gutters. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Terraces, balconies make $3M Grosse Pointe Shores mansion special," 20 July 2019 Attic ventilation should be replaced or modified to have 1/8th-inch metal mesh coverings, to prevent embers from being blown in, and open eaves and soffits should be enclosed. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "New fire chief: Dangers blossom from wet winter, spring," 18 July 2019 The living room boasts walls of windows and a central brick fireplace with soffit lighting. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern with original bathrooms asks $400K," 20 June 2019 Cover exterior attic and soffit vents with wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Are you ready for fire season?," 14 June 2019 Install soffit vents for intake, and exhaust vents at the high point of the roof. Popular Mechanics, "3 Energy-Saving Ways To Keep Your House Cooler This Summer," 27 June 2018 Things like roofs, vents, rain gutters, windows, garages, patio covers, eaves and soffits, walls, fences and chimneys should be assessed. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of soffit

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soffit

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

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17 Jan 2020

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“Soffit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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