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cupola

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noun cu·po·la \ˈkyü-pə-lə, ÷-ˌlō\

Simple Definition of cupola

  • : a rounded roof or part of a roof

  • : a small structure that is built on top of a roof

Full Definition of cupola

  1. 1 a :  a rounded vault resting on a usually circular base and forming a roof or a ceiling b :  a small structure built on top of a roof

  2. 2 :  a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron in the foundry that has tuyeres and tapping spouts near the bottom

  3. 3 :  a raised observation post in the roof of a railroad caboose

cu·po·laed play \-ləd, ÷-ˌlōd\ adjective

Origin of cupola

Italian, from Latin cupula, diminutive of cupa tub


First Known Use: 1549

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