loft / lôft; läft/ • n. 1. a room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, which may be used for accommodations or storage. ∎ a room or space over a stable or barn, used esp. for storing hay and straw: the stable loft. ∎ a gallery in a church or hall: a choir loft. ∎ short for organ loft. ∎ a large, open area over a shop, warehouse, or factory, sometimes converted into living space. ∎ a pigeon house.2. Golf upward inclination given to the ball in a stroke. ∎ backward slope of the head of a club, designed to give upward inclination to the ball.3. the thickness of cloth or insulating matter in an object such as a sleeping bag or a padded coat.• v. [tr.] kick, hit, or throw (a ball or missile) high up: he lofted the ball over the infield. ∎ (lofted) give backward slope to the head of (a golf club): a lofted metal club.ORIGIN: late Old English, from Old Norse lopt ‘air, sky, upper room,’ of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lucht and German Luft.
1. Formerly, any upper floor, but now the volume contained by the pitched roof of a building and the supports for the ceiling of the topmost floor bounded by the walls. Essentially a garret, but used for storage, without any finishes.
2. Elevated platform, staging, or gallery within a larger room or hall, such as an excubitorium or watching-loft (e.g. the example in St Alban's Abbey, Herts.), Rood-loft, or organ-loft in a church.
Hence lofty XVI.