adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈtäp How to pronounce atop (audio) \

Definition of atop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, to, or at the top

Definition of atop (Entry 2 of 2)

: on top of

Examples of atop in a Sentence

Preposition The house sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective To assemble, on each plate, spoon some dressing and place radicchio, charred side up, atop. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Rancho Loma expands: How a self-taught chef is building a low-key restaurant empire in West Texas," 21 Dec. 2020 Serve by ladling sauce onto the plate, placing fillet atop; garnish with tarragon leaves. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lobster season debuts amid changing seafood industry," 28 Oct. 2020 His performance in Week 3 will likely keep him atop of the wide receiver depth chart with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "After a healthy scratch in Week 3, Cincinnati Bengals' WR John Ross’ role is hazy," 29 Sep. 2020 Both Perseverance and its helicopter sidekick Ingenuity will launch atop at United Launch Alliance rocket. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Perseverance Rover Is on Its Way to Mars," 29 July 2020 It’s delicious by itself, as a straight-on soup, or atop cooked or leftover rice, or aside fritters or pakoras, the way it is commonly served in Punjab. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "A pair of simple soup recipes using only a few ingredients," 14 Apr. 2020 New York Giants – Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama: His ridiculously strong base sits atop nifty tackle feet. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: Dolphins surprise in top five, Patriots swing big trade for QB in first round," 22 Apr. 2020 Beyoncé unwraps her seventh No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as The Lion King: The Gift opens atop on the list dated Aug. 3. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "'The Lion King: The Gift' Gives Beyoncé Seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart," 31 July 2019 On Thursday, the top U.S. law-enforcement officer said both policy ideas could help American firms regain an edge atop faster fifth-generation wireless networks. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Attorney General Barr Suggests U.S. Firms Take Financial Interest in Huawei Rivals," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The last album to score at least three weeks atop the Billboard 200 and appear on Top Country Albums was Taylor Swift's Red, which tallied seven weeks in the pole position (including its first three) in 2012-13. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Morgan Wallen Ties Jason Aldean For Most Weeks Spent at No. 1 on Artist 100 Among Country Acts," 2 Feb. 2021 Several atop the list are from eastern or southern neighborhoods in the county. Los Angeles Times, "‘He’s dying, aren’t you going to help him?’ Hospitals serving poor, nonwhite L.A. hit hardest by COVID-19," 30 Dec. 2020 New Orleans and Kansas City are both trying to claim first-round playoff byes, and the Saints may be trying to reintegrate QB Drew Brees next Sunday after falling behind Green Bay atop of the NFC table. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season," 14 Dec. 2020 Actor Joseph Jefferson, who famously played Rip Van Winkle on stage, built a Victorian mansion here in 1870 on one of the region’s five islands perched atop salt domes. Jessica Fender,, "Explore New Iberia, the town in salt-dome country whose main street began as a lazy bayou," 1 Dec. 2020 Plentiful, thick slices of pepperoni atop ample sauce. cleveland, "Ranking 46 frozen pepperoni pizzas for your next grocery store run," 24 Nov. 2020 Whether atop the base of a Confederate-era statue or perusing the 15th-century gallery at the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore artist aims to create safe spaces and cleanse environments that were not historically built or intended for her. Stephanie García,, "With healing rituals passed down from her Panamanian family, Baltimore shaman creates art wrapped in medicine," 30 Oct. 2020 In Scharf’s first year atop Wells Fargo, investors have been reminded repeatedly its woes are far from over. Hannah Levitt,, "Buffett Inches Toward Wells Fargo Exit as Scharf Sets Course," 16 Oct. 2020 The silence was finally broken when the Criminals scored and the siren mounted atop the library wailed into the night air, echoing off buildings and drifting across the river into California. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Friday Night Lights burn bright across state line in Arizona," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of atop

Adverb or adjective

1638, in the meaning defined above


1638, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Atop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of atop

chiefly US, somewhat old-fashioned + literary : on top of
\ ə-ˈtäp How to pronounce atop (audio) \

Kids Definition of atop

: on top of The castle sits atop a cliff.

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