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 cupola (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cupola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the home’s amenities include a 2-car garage, a detached carriage house, and a cupola that was transformed into an art studio. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 24 May 2021 Turning toward the rotunda’s interior, visitors will also discover close-up views of a 360-degree panoramic mural, just below the cupola’s bottom and painted by five different artists for the Bourse’s reopening in 1889. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, 20 May 2021 The exterior showcases hallmark farmhouse features, such as a standing seam metal roof, wood siding, oversize sliding doors, a functional pulley bracket, and a cupola with a weather vane. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 13 May 2021 The fruits of that conviction are now on display in a contemporary art museum that opened in Paris on Saturday under the cupola of the Bourse de Commerce. New York Times, 25 May 2021 New copper gas lanterns add vintage character, and the cupola on top of the garage is now illuminated. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The design is pretty much the same save for the all-glass cupola popping from the roof. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 May 2021 Gatier says one of his biggest challenges was researching a historically accurate color for the cupola’s ironwork. Leslie Camhi, Vogue, 20 May 2021 Its rooftop cupola was reproduced as a reminder of the gaslight era. Jacques Kelly,, 15 May 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Cupola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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