cupola

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noun cu·po·la \ˈkyü-pə-lə, ÷-ˌlō\

Definition of cupola

  1. 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. 2 :  a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron in the foundry that has tuyeres and tapping spouts near the bottom

  3. 3 :  a raised observation post in the roof of a railroad caboose

cupolaed

play \-ləd, ÷-ˌlōd\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of cupola

Italian, from Latin cupula, diminutive of cupa tub


First Known Use: 1549

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CUPOLA Defined for English Language Learners

cupola

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noun cu·po·la \ˈkyü-pə-lə, ÷-ˌlō\

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

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noun cu·po·la \ˈkyü-pə-lə\

Definition of cupola for Students

  1. 1 :  a small structure built on top of a roof

  2. 2 :  a rounded roof or ceiling :  dome



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