- 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.
Examples from the Web for cupola
From my pit I could look back and see the cupola of the Seminary--could see through the cupola from one window to the other.Who Goes There?|Blackwood Ketcham Benson
One hundred and sixty-eight steps lead to the lantern of the cupola, which is of wood, and covered with copper.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
In the cupola are inscribed the following words from the Koran: "God is the light of the heavens and the earth."Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow|Eliza R. Snow Smith
The cupola is one of the most striking features of the house.Historic Shrines of America|John T. (John Thomson) Faris
This cupola will be glazed at the upper part, while the lower part will be covered with zinc.
British Dictionary definitions for cupola
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.)).
Medicine definitions for cupola
Culture definitions for cupola
A small ornamental structure rising from a roof. Cupolas are often dome shaped.