Definition of atop in English:

atop

preposition

literary
  • On the top of:

    ‘the weathervane is perched atop the Great Tower’
    • ‘In an instant, she was no longer in a dungeon cell but atop a hill overlooking a valley.’
    • ‘Perched awkwardly atop each tree was a scruffy but huge Californian condor.’
    • ‘She was perched atop one of the highest rocks, a glimmer shining in her sea green eyes.’
    • ‘The large yellow house was perched atop a sharp incline of rocks leading down to the beach.’
    • ‘Many had perched atop the two and three-storeyed buildings on either side of the road.’
    • ‘She wears a butter colored suit, and a sleek hat is perched atop her short black hair.’
    over, higher than, higher up than, overlooking
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adverb

literary
  • On the top:

    ‘the air-raid siren atop of the County Courthouse’
    • ‘Part way down, we stopped at the Torre Tavira, which is a merchant's house atop of which an observation tower was built.’
    • ‘The symbol atop of the Šentilj church belfry is quite unusual for a Catholic region: it forms a patriarchal cross with three crossbars standing atop of a recumbent and somewhat stylized crescent.’

Pronunciation:

atop

/əˈtɒp/