barrel vault

noun Architecture.

a vault having the form of a very deep arch.

Origin of barrel vault

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called barrel roof, cradle vault, tunnel vault, wagon roof, wagon vault.

Related forms

bar·rel-vault·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barrel vault

barrel vault


architect a vault in the form of a half cylinderAlso called: wagon vault, tunnel vault
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