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

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Highlights include dinner in the great room and drinks on the cupola at sunset. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fallbrook Democratic Club receives Club of the Year Award," 20 June 2019 Highlights include dinner in the great room and drinks on the cupola at sunset. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fallbrook Democratic Club receives Club of the Year Award," 20 June 2019 Highlights include dinner in the great room and drinks on the cupola at sunset. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas Senior of the Year selected," 10 June 2019 She’s hoping to raise money to restore it and to re-create two cypress cupolas that once crowned the hall. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Texas once had 1,000 dance halls. Now there’s a rush to save those that remain," 4 June 2019 Now, the Russian Airborne Forces plan on using the new Bakhcha-UPDS multi-cupola parachute system to drop BMDs with paratroopers already inside. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Plans to Airdrop Armored Vehicles—With Crew Inside," 1 Aug. 2017 Some Italianate homes even feature a square tower or cupola that rises out of the center of the house, adding to the Tuscan villa feel. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Victorian Homes," 6 Nov. 2018 The cupola at the top of the building where a telescope was positioned so that King George III could view the stars. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A London Rental Reaches for the Stars," 5 Sep. 2018 In the distance looms the Gothic cupola of the parliament, a fairy-tale concoction trumpeting the pride of a nation that once commanded more than four times its current size. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 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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cupola

noun

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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