constructed or covered with a vault, as a building or chamber.
provided with a vault.
resembling a vault: the vaulted sky.

Origin of vaulted

First recorded in 1525–35; vault1 + -ed2
Related formsun·der·vault·ed, adjectiveun·vault·ed, adjective




an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction.
an arched structure resembling a vault.
a space, chamber, or passage enclosed by a vault or vaultlike structure, especially one located underground.
an underground chamber, as a cellar or a division of a cellar.
a room or compartment, often built of or lined with steel, reserved for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, especially such a place in a bank.
a strong metal cabinet, usually fireproof and burglarproof, for the storage and safekeeping of valuables, important papers, etc.
a burial chamber.
Anatomy. an arched roof of a cavity.
something likened to an arched roof: the vault of heaven.

verb (used with object)

to construct or cover with a vault.
to make in the form of a vault; arch.
to extend or stretch over in the manner of an arch; overarch: An arbor vaulted the path.
to store in a vault: The paintings will be vaulted when the museum is closed.

verb (used without object)

to curve or bend in the form of a vault.

Origin of vault

1300–50; (noun) alteration of Middle English voute < Old French vou(l)te, volte < Vulgar Latin *volvita, for Latin volūta, noun use of feminine past participle of Latin volvere to turn (see revolve); (v.) alteration of Middle English vouten < Old French vou(l)ter, volter, derivative of vou(l)te, volte
Related formsvault·like, adjective



verb (used without object)

to leap or spring, as to or from a position or over something: He vaulted over the tennis net.
to leap with the hands supported by something, as by a horizontal pole.
Gymnastics. to leap over a vaulting horse or pommel horse, using the hands for pushing off.
to arrive at or achieve something as if by a spring or leap: to vault into prominence.

verb (used with object)

to leap over: to vault a fence.
to cause to leap over or surpass others: Advertising has vaulted the new perfume into first place.


the act of vaulting.
a leap of a horse; curvet.
Gymnastics. a running jump over a vaulting horse or pommel horse, usually finishing with an acrobatic dismount.

Origin of vault

1530–40; < French volte a turn and volter to turn, respectively < Italian volta (noun) and voltare (v.); see volt2
Related formsvault·er, noun

Synonyms for vault

1. See jump. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vaulted

arched, concave

Examples from the Web for vaulted

Contemporary Examples of vaulted

Historical Examples of vaulted

  • We go into the court-yard through a vaulted archway on the eastern side.

  • "Amalia," shouted Olivo, so loudly that the vaulted ceiling rang.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Then, with an agility quite remarkable, he vaulted into the saddle.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Presently Duncan came crashing through the wood and vaulted the wall.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • A ripping crash like the crackle of lightning in the vaulted room!

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

British Dictionary definitions for vaulted




an arched structure that forms a roof or ceiling
a room, esp a cellar, having an arched roof down to floor level
a burial chamber, esp when underground
a strongroom for the safe-deposit and storage of valuables
an underground room or part of such a room, used for the storage of wine, food, etc
anatomy any arched or domed bodily cavity or spacethe cranial vault
something suggestive of an arched structure, as the sky


(tr) to furnish with or as if with an arched roof
(tr) to construct in the shape of a vault
(intr) to curve, arch, or bend in the shape of a vault
Derived Formsvaultlike, adjective

Word Origin for vault

C14: vaute, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin volvita (unattested) a turn, probably from Latin volvere to roll




to spring over (an object), esp with the aid of a long pole or with the hands resting on the object
(intr) to do, achieve, or attain something as if by a leaphe vaulted to fame on the strength of his discovery
dressage to perform or cause to perform a curvet


the act of vaulting
dressage a low leap; curvet
Derived Formsvaulter, noun

Word Origin for vault

C16: from Old French voulter to turn, from Italian voltare to turn, from Vulgar Latin volvitāre (unattested) to turn, leap; see vault 1
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Word Origin and History for vaulted



"arched roof or ceiling," c.1300, vaute, from Old French voute "arch, vaulted roof," from Vulgar Latin *volta, contraction of *volvita, noun use of fem. of *volvitus, alteration of Latin volutus "bowed, arched," past participle of volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). The -l- appeared in English c.1400.



"jump or leap over," 1530s (implied in vaulting), from Middle French volter "to gambol, leap," from Italian voltare "to turn," from Vulgar Latin *volvitare "to turn, leap," frequentative of Latin volvere "to turn, turn around, roll" (see volvox). Related: Vaulted; vaulting.



"a leap," 1763, from vault (v.).

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