onion dome


: a dome (as of a church) having the general shape of an onion
onion-domed adjective

Examples of onion dome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside, a carousel topped with an onion dome spins in the courtyard. Sebastian Shukla, CNN, 18 Sep. 2023 The curtain was ornately embroidered with images of bears, onion domes, and noble savages untainted by logic. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 Two large onion dome cupolas with tall gilt crosses have toppled to the ground. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2023 Then there is the onion dome. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 23 Mar. 2022 That was in November, as the city celebrated the official reopening of the circa-1892 building - known by many as the one with the onion dome - at River Street and Galena Boulevard. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 Its major cultural landmark is a Russian Orthodox church dating to 1907 and topped with a yellow onion dome. Jessica Marshall, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2013 On one side of the street, faintly visible through the sooty mist, was the steeple of an Orthodox church, its brass onion dome pierced by shrapnel. James Verini, New York Times, 19 May 2022 One of the distinguishing features of the Hobbs Building was its iconic onion dome that had become a recognizable part of Aurora’s skyline. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of onion dome was in 1868

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“Onion dome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onion%20dome. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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