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cupola

[kyoo-puh-luh] /ˈkyu pə lə/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of various domelike structures.
3.
Metallurgy. a vertical furnace for melting iron to be cast.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Italian < Latin cūpula, equivalent to cūp(a) tub + -ula -ule. Cf. cup
Can be confused
copula, cupola.
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Examples from the web for cupola
  • 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.
  • The mosaics in the cupola literally glitter with stars.
  • The latter left the room and mounted the stairs to the cupola on the roof of the white court house.
  • Far overhead, at the building's apex, a cupola acts as a vent.
  • Rafters radiate from the cupola to support the round roof.
  • The final effect was stately: a white building with a blue and white cupola topped by a weather vane.
  • Now and again a whimsically painted steeple breaks the horizon, its gilded cupola glittering in the bright spring sun.
British Dictionary definitions for cupola

cupola

/ˈkjuːpələ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
cupolated (ˈkjuːpəˌleɪtɪd) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Italian, from Late Latin cūpula a small cask, from Latin cūpa tub
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Word Origin and History for cupola
n.

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

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cupola in Medicine

cupola cu·po·la (kyōō'pə-lə)
n.
A cup-shaped or domelike structure.

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cupola in Culture
cupola [(kyooh-puh-luh)]

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

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Encyclopedia Article for cupola

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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