cu·​po·​la | \ ˈkyü-pə-lə How to pronounce cupola (audio) \

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

Other Words from cupola

cupolaed \ ˈkyü-​pə-​ləd How to pronounce cupola (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cupola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The glass cupola lighthouse offered a picturesque view of Plaza del Congreso and the Argentine parliament building below. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 Preserving the best of the old—lime-washed brick, shiplap siding, a charming cupola—Blackband brought in the new. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The room was filled with a cloud of dust, created when the thin cupola of the California Hotel next door fell through the roof of the firehouse and tore through the floors below. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 The walls of the towering cupola featured scenes from the triumphs of Alexander the Great. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 Visitors can climb to the top of the glass cupola lighthouse and peer down on the picturesque view of Plaza del Congreso and the Argentine parliament building. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 Since Inspiration4 is not going to the space station, SpaceX removed the docking collar at the nose of the Dragon and replaced it with a transparent cupola—the largest window ever built for space, and which should make for breathtaking sightseeing. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 16 Sep. 2021 Hayley Arceneaux and Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman take in the view from 365 miles up inside a transparent observation cupola attached to the nose of their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. William Harwood, CBS News, 18 Sep. 2021 In the cupola bedroom, the wall behind the bed is covered by a huge 18th-century Flemish tapestry; a Venetian metal pendant lamp from the 1950s hangs from the apex of the dome above. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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2 Jul 2022

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cu·​po·​la | \ ˈkyü-pə-lə How to pronounce cupola (audio) \

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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