[ kyoo-puh-luh ]
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  1. Architecture.

    • a light structure on a dome or roof, serving as a belfry, lantern, or belvedere.

    • a dome, especially one covering a circular or polygonal area.

  2. any of various domelike structures.

  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for cupola


/ (ˈkjuːpələ) /

  1. a roof or ceiling in the form of a dome

  2. a small structure, usually domed, on the top of a roof or dome

  1. a protective dome for a gun on a warship

  2. a vertical air-blown coke-fired cylindrical furnace in which iron is remelted for casting

Origin of cupola

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

Derived forms of cupola

  • cupolated (ˈkjuːpəˌleɪtɪd), adjective

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Cultural definitions for cupola


[ (kyooh-puh-luh) ]

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

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