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Borrowed from Italian duomo, from Latin domus (ecclesiae) (literally house (of the church)), a calque of Ancient Greek οἶκος τῆς ἐκκλησίας (oîkos tês ekklēsías).


duomo (plural duomos or duomi)

  1. A cathedral.
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
      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.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for duomo in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



  • IPA(key): /ˈdwɔ.mo/, [ˈd̪wɔːmo]
  • Hyphenation: duò‧mo

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin domus [​ecclēsiae​] (a calque of Ancient Greek οἶκος τῆς ἐκκλησίας (oîkos tês ekklēsías), literally house [of the church]), 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.