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.


Nearby words

  1. cupid's arrows,
  2. cupid's bow,
  3. cupid's dart,
  4. cupid's-dart,
  5. cupidity,
  6. cupolated,
  7. cuppa,
  8. cupped,
  9. cupper,
  10. cupping

Origin of cupola

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

Can be confusedcopula cupola Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cupola



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 Formscupolated (ˈkjuːpəˌleɪtɪd), adjective

Word Origin for cupola

C16: from Italian, from Late Latin cūpula a small cask, from Latin cūpa tub

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Word Origin and History for cupola



1540s, from Italian cupola, from Late Latin cupula "a little tub," diminutive of Latin cupa "cask, barrel" (see cup (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for cupola




A cup-shaped or domelike structure.

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Culture definitions for cupola



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

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