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NOUN (1)

1. the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.);

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Soffit \Sof"fit\, n. [It. soffitta, soffitto, fr. soffiggere to hide, properly, to fix or fasten under, L. suffigere to fasten beneath or below; sub under, beneath + figere to fix, faste: cf. F. soffite.] (Arch.) The under side of the subordinate parts and members of buildings, such as staircases, entablatures, archways, cornices, or the like. See Illust. of Lintel. [1913 Webster]