\ 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

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 Victoria’s Secret for underthings, and American Eagle for what goes atop. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

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 The United Kingdom sits atop enormous reserves of natural gas in shale deposits, extraction of which could create jobs, reduce dependence on the likes of Qatar, and cut carbon emissions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain’s Shale Resignation," 30 Apr. 2019 Model Sara Sampaio enjoyed a pool moment; her perfect tan and soaked strands sitting atop a unicorn floatie. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell, and More," 21 Apr. 2019 The Jayhawks sat atop Monday’s latest men’s college basketball poll for a second straight week. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Kansas, Duke, Tennessee stay 1-2-3 in men’s AP Top 25," 17 Dec. 2018 Out of sight, atop the new 290,000-square-foot Ikea store in Oak Creek, are 4,716 solar panels. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Solar panels help power new Ikea store in Oak Creek," 13 July 2018 Before the event, Grinius was giving talks around the country; afterward, Edwards and Schlarb would be attempting FKTs atop the Tibetan Plateau’s underexplored eastern edge, an area just beginning to develop adventure tourism. Will Ford, Outside Online, "Can American Brands Tap the Chinese Outdoor Market?," 20 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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The first known use of atop was in 1638

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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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