- 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.
- any of various domelike structures.
- Metallurgy. a vertical furnace for melting iron to be cast.
Origin of cupola
Examples from the Web for cupola
Historical Examples of cupola
From this cupola thousands of icicles of the most varied shapes were hanging.My Double Life
From here a steep set of steps led to the cupola on the roof.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
It hung by the side of the dial in the cupola of the old Town Hall.The Shadow of a Crime
Its cupola is decidedly out of proportion to the small body of the structure.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
The lofty nest, or Termitarium, constitutes a hillock in the form of a cupola.The Industries of Animals
- 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
Word Origin for cupola
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.)).
- A cup-shaped or domelike structure.
A small ornamental structure rising from a roof. Cupolas are often dome shaped.