shaped like a dome: a domed forehead.
having a dome: a domed roof.

Origin of domed

First recorded in 1765–75; dome + -ed3
Related formsun·domed, adjective




  1. a vault, having a circular plan and usually in the form of a portion of a sphere, so constructed as to exert an equal thrust in all directions.
  2. a domical roof or ceiling.
  3. a polygonal vault, ceiling, or roof.
any covering thought to resemble the hemispherical vault of a building or room: the great dome of the sky.
anything shaped like a hemisphere or inverted bowl.
(in a dam) a semidome having its convex surface toward the impounded water.
Crystallography. a form having planes that intersect the vertical axis and are parallel to one of the lateral axes.
Geology. upwarp.
Also called vistadome. Railroads. a raised, glass-enclosed section of the roof of a passenger car, placed over an elevated section of seats to afford passengers a full view of scenery.
Horology. an inner cover for the works of a watch, which snaps into the rim of the case.
a mountain peak having a rounded summit.
Slang. a person's head: I wish I could get the idea into that thick dome of yours.

verb (used with object), domed, dom·ing.

to cover with or as if with a dome.
to shape like a dome.

verb (used without object), domed, dom·ing.

to rise or swell as a dome.

Origin of dome

1505–15; < Middle French dome < Italian duomo < Medieval Latin domus (Deī) house (of God), church; akin to timber
Related formsdome·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for domed

curved, rounded, bowed, embowed

Examples from the Web for domed

Contemporary Examples of domed

Historical Examples of domed

  • There were domed tombs of saints, glittering like snow-palaces in the sun.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • It was a domed city in the polar regions, where nobody ever had to go outdoors.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • The Pantheon is the finest example of a domed hall which we have left.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The air is close and vaporous; the domed chamber is damp and musty.

  • The ceiling was domed like a sky and painted in sunny Italian scenery.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for domed



a hemispherical roof or vault or a structure of similar form
something shaped like this
crystallog a crystal form in which two planes intersect along an edge parallel to a lateral axis
a slang word for the head
  1. a structure in which rock layers slope away in all directions from a central point
  2. another name for pericline (def. 2)

verb (tr)

to cover with or as if with a dome
to shape like a dome
Derived Formsdomelike, adjectivedomical (ˈdəʊmɪkəl, ˈdɒm-), adjective

Word Origin for dome

C16: from French, from Italian duomo cathedral, from Latin domus house
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 domed



"round, vaulted roof," 1650s, from French dome (16c.), from Provençal doma, from Greek doma "house, housetop" (especially a style of roof from the east), related to domos "house" (see domestic).

In the Middle Ages, German dom and Italian duomo were used for "cathedral" (on the notion of "God's house"), so English began to use this word in the sense "cupola," an architectural feature characteristic of Italian cathedrals. Used in U.S. also with reference to round summits of mountains.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

domed in Science



A circular or elliptical area of uplifted rock in which the rock dips gently away, in all directions, from a central point.
A wedge-shaped mineral crystal that has two nonparallel, similarly inclined faces that intersect along a plane of symmetry.
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