Definition of cupola in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːpələ/


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1A rounded dome forming or adorning a roof or ceiling: a square tower crowned by a cupola the gilded cupola was supported by caryatids
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  • The scaffolding reaches to the top of the cupola that adorns the roof giving the builders a perch almost 100 feet up.
  • The large building is built in the traditional style with barrel vaulted ceilings and cupolas.
  • It has arcades all around, a pavilion at the eastern end has crenellated roof and a cupola of glass mosaic.
2A gun turret.
Example sentences
  • Atop the all-welded turret are the commander's cupola (with single hatch cover) on the left and the loader's hatch on the right.
  • Firing ports are provided for the crews' personal weapons and a machine-gun mounting is fitted on the left turret cupola with an optional machine-gun.
  • As he watched, a hatch motored open on the forward gunner's cupola and a helmeted visage favored him with a toothy, wolfish grin.
3 (also cupola furnace) A cylindrical furnace for refining metals, with openings at the bottom for blowing in air and originally with a dome leading to a chimney above.
Example sentences
  • It erected the first cupola furnace in the United States in 1835.
  • And after John Wilkinson patented the small, slender, metal-clad cupola furnace in 1794, Founders gained greater control of the remelting process.
  • In duplexing, the iron is melted in a cupola or electric arc furnace, and the molten metal is transferred to a coreless or channel-type induction furnace for holding and pouring.



Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːpələd/
Example sentences
  • An interesting item here was a large, framed photograph of a huge, cupolaed mansion typical of the early 70's.
  • Its cupolaed pavilions and trellised balconies formed a good background for the actors.
  • At the highest point in town is the cupolaed state capitol, and directly in front of the state capitol is a statue of George Washington.


Mid 16th century: Italian, from late Latin cupula 'small cask or burying vault', diminutive of cupa 'cask'.

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