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.

1540–50; < Italian < Latin cūpula, equivalent to cūp(a) tub + -ula -ule. Cf. cup

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cupola (ˈkjuːpələ)
1.  a roof or ceiling in the form of a dome
2.  a small structure, usually domed, on the top of a roof or dome
3.  a protective dome for a gun on a warship
4.  a vertical air-blown coke-fired cylindrical furnace in which iron is remelted for casting
[C16: from Italian, from Late Latin cūpula a small cask, from Latin cūpa tub]

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1549, from L. cupula, dim. of cupa "cask, barrel" (see cup).
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cupola cu·po·la (kyōō'pə-lə)
A cup-shaped or domelike structure.

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cupola [(kyooh-puh-luh)]

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

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in architecture, small dome, often resembling an overturned cup, placed on a circular, polygonal, or square base or on small pillars or a glassed-in lantern. It is used to crown a turret, roof, or larger dome. The inner vault of a dome is also a cupola.

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Here you'll come face-to-face with original stonework from the roof, including
  the bulky lantern cupola.
The room has a cupola and a window seat overlooking the grounds.
In the center of the hall ceiling is one of the house's main features: an
  impressive cupola with windows.
The cupola of the church is adorned with majolica tiles.
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