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cupola

[ kyoo-puh-luh ]
/ ˈkyu pə lə /
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noun

Architecture.
  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.

RELATED WORDS

vault, belfry, lantern

Nearby words

cupid's arrows, cupid's bow, cupid's dart, cupid's-dart, cupidity, cupola, cupolated, cuppa, cupped, cupper, cupping

Origin of cupola

1540–50; < Italian < Latin cūpula, equivalent to cūp(a) tub + -ula -ule. Cf. cup
Can be confusedcopula cupola
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British Dictionary definitions for cupola

cupola

/ (ˈkjuːpələ) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cupola

cupola


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cupola

cupola

[ kyōōpə-lə ]

n.

A cup-shaped or domelike structure.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Culture definitions for cupola

cupola

[ (kyooh-puh-luh) ]

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

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