\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

Definition of dome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a stately building : mansion
2 : a large hemispherical roof or ceiling
3 : a natural formation or structure that resembles the dome or cupola of a building
4 : a form of crystal composed of planes parallel to a lateral axis that meet above in a horizontal edge like a roof
5 : an upward fold in rock whose sides dip uniformly in all directions
6 : a roofed sports stadium
7 : a person's head


domed; doming

Definition of dome (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with a dome
2 : to form into a dome

intransitive verb

: to swell upward or outward like a dome

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domal \ ˈdō-​məl How to pronounce dome (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for dome

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dome in a Sentence

Noun the dome of the Capitol building The team's new stadium is a dome.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rihanna took the piece in a different direction, drawing inspiration from the simplicity of the runway styling on model Trish Goff, but adding a touch of viral irreverence via a custom faux fur dome hat by Benny Andallo. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, the Best Dressed Stars Kept Things Short and Sweet," 5 Apr. 2021 Colombe are traditionally topped with pearl sugar and roasted almonds, as opposed to a panettone’s unadorned dome. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, "The Only Easter Treat I Have Eyes for Is This Italian Cake," 29 Mar. 2021 Plus, every dome at Glacier comes with a wraparound private deck, modern bathrooms with rain showers, and two-story views into the trees. Jacqueline Kehoe, Travel + Leisure, "These Luxury Domes Are Perfect for Stargazing, Outdoor Adventures, and Romantic Getaways — and They're Near 2 Popular National Parks," 24 Mar. 2021 In our experience, pitching dome tents is more straightforward than tunnels, like the House Party, where the longest poles support the walls, not the roof. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Your Next Camping or Backpacking Trip," 23 Mar. 2021 No matter what time of year, the Climatron, a geodesic dome conservatory, hosts tropical plants, waterfalls and even resident geckos. Cameron Walker, New York Times, "Greet Spring With a Visit to a Public Garden," 20 Mar. 2021 The insurer’s original Neo-Classical Revival-style building remains a distinctive landmark with its two-story Ionic portico, low central dome. Stephen Singer,, "A takeover of insurer The Hartford would ripple throughout the city of Hartford," 21 Mar. 2021 Most years, an event like the NCAA tournament would have brought a festive vibe to the parking lots and streets surrounding the dome, which remained mostly traffic-free Sunday. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Finger: In quieter March Madness, connections can be a challenge," 21 Mar. 2021 The water will quickly convert to steam to form a dome of enclosed heat that will quickly cook bulkier vegetables like broccoli or fennel and wilt big piles of greens. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "For Better Steaming and Roasting, Just Add Water," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This most recent push has focused on sapping public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights, in particular, like the bill that led thousands of union members to peacefully occupy Wisconsin’s capitol dome in 2011. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Right to Work on a Hot Planet," 25 Jan. 2021 Chicago-area restaurants desperate to keep outdoor dining alive amid plummeting temperatures and new coronavirus restrictions are flooding tent and dome rental companies with inquiries. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Tents and domes are the new must-have for restaurants during pandemic, but will outdoor dining work when it’s 20 degrees?," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dome


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dome


French, Italian, & Latin; French dôme dome, cathedral, from Italian duomo cathedral, from Medieval Latin domus church, from Latin, house; akin to Greek domos house, Sanskrit dam

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8 Apr 2021

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“Dome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dome

: a large rounded roof or ceiling that is shaped like half of a ball
: a structure that looks like the dome of a building
: a stadium that is covered by a roof


\ ˈdōm How to pronounce dome (audio) \

Kids Definition of dome

1 : a rounded top or roof that looks like half of a ball
2 : a rounded structure An igloo is a dome of ice.


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Medical Definition of dome

: a rounded-arch element in the wave tracing in an electroencephalogram the spike and dome pattern characteristic of absence seizures

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