[ kyoo-puh-luh ]
/ ˈkyu pə lə /


  1. a light structure on a dome or roof, serving as a belfry, lantern, or belvedere.
  2. a dome, especially one covering a circular or polygonal area.
any of various domelike structures.
Metallurgy. a vertical furnace for melting iron to be cast.

Origin of cupola

1540–50; < Italian < Latin cūpula, equivalent to cūp(a) tub + -ula -ule. Cf. cup

Can be confused

copula cupola Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cupola


/ (ˈkjuːpələ) /


a roof or ceiling in the form of a dome
a small structure, usually domed, on the top of a roof or dome
a protective dome for a gun on a warship
a vertical air-blown coke-fired cylindrical furnace in which iron is remelted for casting

Derived Forms

cupolated (ˈkjuːpəˌleɪtɪd), adjective

Word Origin for cupola

C16: from Italian, from Late Latin cūpula a small cask, from Latin cūpa tub
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Medicine definitions for cupola


[ kyōōpə-lə ]


A cup-shaped or domelike structure.
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Culture definitions for cupola


[ (kyooh-puh-luh) ]

A small ornamental structure rising from a roof. Cupolas are often dome shaped.

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