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Learned borrowing from Italian duomo. Doublet of dome and domus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdwəʊməʊ/, /duːˈəʊməʊ/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊməʊ


duomo (plural duomos or duomi)

  1. A cathedral, or a cathedral-like building, especially one in Italy.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “(please specify the page number(s))”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC:
      Of tower or duomo, sunny sweet.
    • 1914, E. V. Lucas, A Wanderer in Venice:
      There was no doubt as to the direction, with the campanile of the duomo as a beacon.




  • IPA(key): /ˈdwɔ.mo/
  • Rhymes: -ɔmo
  • Hyphenation: duò‧mo

Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited as a shortening of Latin domus ecclēsiae (meeting-house, house of the assembly, a calque of Ancient Greek οἶκος τῆς ἐκκλησίας (oîkos tês ekklēsías), designating a private house placed at the disposal of the Christian community) and later domus Dominī (house of our Lord) or Deī (of God); from Proto-Italic *domos, from Proto-Indo-European *dṓm, derived from the root *dem- (to build).

Alternative forms[edit]


duomo m (plural duomi)

  1. the principal church of a city (not having an episcopal throne)
  2. a cathedral

Etymology 2[edit]

From French dôme.


duomo m (plural duomi)

  1. (mechanics) steam dome
  2. the upper part of an alembic

Further reading[edit]

  • “Western architecture - Early Christian, First period, to AD 313”, in Encyclopedia Britannica[1], 2021 April 13 (last accessed)