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[kok-lawft, -loft] /ˈkɒkˌlɔft, -ˌlɒft/
noun, Older Use.
a small loft or attic above the highest finished ceiling of a building.
a completely enclosed space between rafters and a suspended ceiling.
Origin of cockloft
1580-90; cock1 + loft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "We are going down to cockloft Hall," explained Mr. Whitney.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • This hasty and guarded conversation was carried on between two plebe cadets who had met in a corridor of the academy "cockloft."

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish
  • It seemed to 182 him that he had spent hours there in the cockloft, whereas perhaps thirty minutes had elapsed.

  • "It is an attractive programme, and I am a little tired of this cockloft," answered Bruslart.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • In a single-room cabin there usually is a cockloft, reached by a ladder, for storage, and maybe a bunk or two.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • A ladder connected with a hole in the roof enabled you to reach the cockloft, the guest room of the establishment.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • The alley hugged itself in the joyful sensation that it had a miser and his hoard in the cockloft.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Often the cockloft is empty in those whom Nature hath built many stories high.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • There is a cockloft, where the men write their letters, and rude benches, where they sit and smoke and tell yarns till bedtime.

  • Often the cockloft is empty, in those which Nature hath built many stories high.

British Dictionary definitions for cockloft


a small loft, garret, or attic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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