Definition of cupola
1a : a rounded vault resting on a usually circular base and forming a roof or a ceilingb : 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
cupolaedplay \ˈkyü-pə-ləd\ adjective
Recent Examples of cupola from the Web
The studio's two side walls are covered in iridescent tiles and reflect light streaming in from its large, horizontal window and cupola in the vaulted, pecky cypress ceiling.
Robinson Iron is currently restoring the iron work of the cupola.
The winning design shows the sun rising over the Belmont County Courthouse cupola.
Damage *appears* to have been contained to roof cupola.
Basilica del Pilar, topped with brightly colored cupolas, is a cathedral featuring ceiling paintings by Goya.
His paintings of Fourth Street, in the collection of the Cincinnati Museum Center, portray an unrecognizable city of Greek columns and cupolas mingling with bland, featureless buildings, no structure higher than three stories.
A rooftop canopy shades the east facade and crowns the building as a modern interpretation of the traditional, 19th century courthouse top — a dome, cupola or clock tower.
The cupola atop the Presbytere was blown completely off the building.
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Origin and Etymology of cupola
Italian, from Latin cupula, diminutive of cupa tub
First Known Use: 1549See Words from the same year
CUPOLA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cupola for English Language Learners
: a rounded roof or part of a roof
: a small structure that is built on top of a roof
CUPOLA Defined for Kids
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