barrel vault

noun

: a semicylindrical vault
barrel-vaulted adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The main floor features an opulent two-story great room with breathtaking views of the lake under a soaring double barrel vault ceiling. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 Aug. 2022 The six-bedroom concrete and stucco fortress with high, barrel vault ceilings is only a 10-minute walk from Ravello’s center square. Christopher Bollen, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 Next door lies the magnificent Banquet Hall, in which Gothic and classical architectural elements are masterfully orchestrated, with the wooden ceiling, shaped in a pointed barrel vault, reaching a height of 70 feet. Catesby Leigh, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 The garlands of pink wildflowers that wind over the steel blue barrel vault remind him of the mirasoles that grow along nearby country roads. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 One half of it was a barrel vault, like the inside of a Roman basilica; the other half was a groin vault, like the nave of a cathedral. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 The original circle arch and barrel vault ceilings are still intact today. Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 The original circle arch and barrel vault ceilings are still intact today. Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 The original circle arch and barrel vault ceilings are still intact today. Houston Chronicle, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrel vault was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Barrel vault.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barrel%20vault. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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