cupola

noun
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

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Other Words from cupola

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

Examples of cupola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are comfortable beds in the cupola and on the main floor, which has windows on all sides. oregonlive, "10 tempting, crazy Oregon getaways when you’re ready to get out there," 5 June 2020 Neither the museum nor the diocese were offered the cupola, according to each of their respective spokespeople. Washington Post, "Sisters of St. Joseph motherhouse demolished in Kalamazoo," 2 Mar. 2020 Outside, the roof is made of slate, with custom copper accents (cupola and gutters). Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "This Dream Garage Is a Four-Bay Carriage House," 5 Apr. 2020 The cupola dome atop the former Nazareth motherhouse in Kalamazoo was removed Dec. 19, and remains wrapped up in front of the debris. Washington Post, "Sisters of St. Joseph motherhouse demolished in Kalamazoo," 2 Mar. 2020 In Steingaden, the bucolic meadow and plain façade of Wieskirche belie the rococo church’s glorious cupola, gilded stucco, and marble balustrades, all mystically illuminated by the large windows. National Geographic, "Castles, vineyards, and fairy-tale villages: Drive the Romantic Road," 14 Aug. 2019 Down the hall is the master bedroom and full bath, plus space for extra guests and access to the cupola. Boston.com Real Estate, "Vacation home goes green in the White Mountains," 16 Oct. 2019 While some Victorian-era homes had two-story towers, Norwood’s had three, the uppermost being a cupola. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: Norwood Mansion and Terrace Hill: Two architectural treasures in Carroll County," 23 Nov. 2019 More stunning still is a cozy cupola that crowns the roof. Boston.com Real Estate, "Vacation home goes green in the White Mountains," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of cupola was in 1549

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19 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cupola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cupola. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for cupola

cupola

noun
How to pronounce cupola (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cupola

: a rounded roof or part of a roof
US : a small structure that is built on top of a roof

cupola

noun
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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