\ 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


The house sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

But instead of wheels, the bike sits atop two pontoons, making it a sort of catamaran. Alix Martichoux, Sunset, "We Tried the Water Bike Company That Wants to Disrupt Your Bay Area Commute," 22 Jan. 2018 Until November 21st, use the offer code VERGE25 at checkout to take 25 percent off of your purchase, which stacks atop of 1More’s current promotion for even more savings. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Save 25 percent on headphones from 1More," 8 Nov. 2018 Country star Jason Aldean is set to bow atop next week’s Billboard 200 chart with his latest album, Rearview Town, according to industry forecasters. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart," 17 Apr. 2018 The house of cards that Desna sits atop is going to crumble, but who will come out victorious as the top boss? Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vaginalologist’ and the good doctor’s betrayal," 9 July 2018 Further, aluminum makers must pay a mysterious fee atop all U.S. orders: the Midwest Premium, which is said to cover the cost of transporting, storing and delivering the metal. Pete Coors, WSJ, "In a Trade War, It’s Hard to Get a Head," 14 May 2018 Even the visual aspect of the show was scaled way back, kept to four small banks of stage lights set behind the players and a small silvery platform that all the musicians stood atop. Robert Ham, Billboard, "Haim Brings Charm and Enthusiasm to Sister Sister Sister Tour Opener in Portland," 4 Apr. 2018 The hip-hop artist's second studio effort, ?, could debut atop next week's list with over 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's '?' Aiming for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 19 Mar. 2018 For a delightful hors d'oeuvre, combine chopped cherry tomatoes with fresh tarragon and slivers of Parmesan cheese; spoon atop thick rectangles of country bread and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Country Living, "How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds," 5 Mar. 2018

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This week in wrestling taught us, once again, that there is only one person who stands atop the industry with the ability to cut a promo. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: WWE Still a Big Part of John Cena’s Future Plans," 12 June 2019 In it, dozens of climbers are lined up on a ridge just below the peak, awaiting their chance to stand atop the world’s highest mountain. Adam Minter, Twin Cities, "Adam Minter: Everest needs to go more commercial," 10 June 2019 That’s what most baseball players experience but Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes has traveled to some of the deepest gorges and stood atop some high mountains, all in the same season. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Right-hander Corbin Burnes has ridden the rollercoaster this season with the Brewers," 5 June 2019 The statues will stand atop a 4-foot-tall concrete base, and be at the center of a new Moon Tree Garden, featuring 12 new trees to replace Kennedy Space Center’s original moon tree, which was knocked over during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Apollo 11 statue headed to Kennedy Space Center’s new Moon Tree Garden," 28 May 2019 With lakes of methane standing atop mesa-like structures, Titan's own mysteries are only growing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Cassini Found That Titan Has Lakes of Methane Resting on Giant Mesas," 16 Apr. 2019 The regal vibes continued into her hair and makeup; a portion of her dark hair was piled high atop her head, letting the rest run free past her shoulders. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Yara Shahidi Attends Met Gala 2019 in Embellished Bodysuit and Leggings," 6 May 2019 The bronze figure of a Southern soldier atop a tall stone pedestal was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913. Fox News, "The Latest: UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018 In this iteration, however, the mast is now a pedestal, to put it into formal sculptural terms, and sitting atop that pedestal is a ceramic urn that Rogan lowered to the bottom of his berth more than a year ago. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Will Rogan gives the mast from his houseboat to his art," 27 June 2018

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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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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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