cupola

noun cu·po·la \ ˈkyü-pə-lə \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of cupola

1 a : 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

cupolaed

play \ˈkyü-pə-ləd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of cupola

Italian, from Latin cupula, diminutive of cupa tub

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CUPOLA Defined for English Language Learners

cupola

noun

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

cupola

noun cu·po·la \ ˈkyü-pə-lə \

Definition of cupola for Students

1 : a small structure built on top of a roof
2 : a rounded roof or ceiling : dome


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