cu·po·la | \ˈkyü-pə-lə \

Definition of cupola 

1a : 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 : a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron in the foundry that has tuyeres and tapping spouts near the bottom

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

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Other Words from cupola

cupolaed \ˈkyü-pə-ləd \ adjective

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By Monday afternoon, the building’s cupola — the dome-like structure atop the building — had been dismantled. Caitlin Mccabe,, "Developer Ori Feibush begins demolition of Christian Street Baptist," 9 July 2018 The 235-seat space is bright, with golden hues and a towering cupola in the center. Sheryl Julian,, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 The building on 440 Drake Circle was especially unique, with a cupola that looked out onto the main street. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Sierra Oaks residents worry this renovated bank will clash with Tudor-style homes," 7 July 2018 At its peak stands the Church of St. Leopold, an oratory with stunning stained glass by Moser and angels with golden wings beneath a gilded-iron cupola. A. J. Goldmann, WSJ, "How Otto Wagner Made Vienna Modern," 12 June 2018 The original building on 440 Drake Circle was well known in the area for its unique architecture and cupola. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Sierra Oaks residents worry this renovated bank will clash with Tudor-style homes," 7 July 2018 An 1891 house in Florida known as The Barnacle (pictured above) features a cupola, or small dome, on its roof, which functions as a ventilator. Maria Carter, Country Living, "4 Design Elements That Cooled Houses Before the Invention of Air Conditioning," 15 July 2016 Behind them, floating above trucks and fruit stalls and huge vats of frying falafel, the golden cupola of the Dome of the Rock peeks over the fortress-like parapet of the Damascus Gate. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Step by step, bridging the divide between Arab and Jew in Jerusalem," 14 June 2018 His copper roof and cupola have been faithfully reproduced, but improved to avoid ice dams. Cate Mcquaid,, "A New Hampshire art museum faces the future," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of cupola

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cupola

Italian, from Latin cupula, diminutive of cupa tub

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English Language Learners Definition of cupola

: a rounded roof or part of a roof

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


cu·po·la | \ˈkyü-pə-lə \

Kids Definition of cupola

1 : a small structure built on top of a roof

2 : a rounded roof or ceiling : dome

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