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 (kŏk′lôft′, -lŏft′)
A small loft, garret, or attic.

[Probably from its use as a roosting place.]
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(Architecture) a small loft, garret, or attic
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(ˈkɒkˌlɔft, -ˌlɒft)

a small attic; garret.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cockloft - a small loft or garret
attic, garret, loft - floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
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