A plain square block higher than a plinth, serving as a pedestal for sculpture, a vase, or a column.
A plain plinth supporting a wall.
(archit.) A projecting foundation piece, as for a column, wall, or statue.
Origin of socle
- French from Italian zoccolo wooden shoe from Latin socculus diminutive of soccus a kind of light shoe sock1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French socle, from Italian zoccolo "˜wooden shoe', from Latin socculus, diminutive of soccus "˜sock'.