nounEtymology: French, from Italian zoccolo sock, socle, from Latin socculus, diminutive of soccus sock Date: circa 1704 a projecting usually molded member at the foot of a wall or pier or beneath the base of a column, pedestal, or superstructure
n. Archit. a plain low block or plinth serving as a support for a column, urn, statue, etc., or as the foundation of a wall. Etymology: F f. It. zoccolo orig. 'wooden shoe' f. L socculus f. soccus SOCK(1)
Socle So"cle, n. [F., fr. L. socculus, dim. of soccus. See Sock a covering for the foot. Cf. Zocco.] (Arch.) (a) A plain block or plinth forming a low pedestal; any base; especially, the base of a statue, column, or the like. See Plinth. (b) A plain face or plinth at the lower part of a wall. --Oxf. Gloss.