rotunda


ro·tun·da

noun \rō-ˈtən-də\

: a large, round room and especially one covered by a dome

Full Definition of ROTUNDA

1
:  a round building; especially :  one covered by a dome
2
a :  a large round room
b :  a large central area (as in a hotel)

Examples of ROTUNDA

  1. We stood inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Origin of ROTUNDA

Italian rotonda, from Latin rotunda, feminine of rotundus
First Known Use: 1645

Rhymes with ROTUNDA

rotunda

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Medical Definition of ROTUNDA

rotunda

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Classical and Neoclassical architecture, a building or room that is circular in plan and covered with a dome. The Pantheon is a Classical Roman rotunda. The Villa Rotonda at Vicenza, designed by Andrea Palladio, is an Italian Renaissance example. The central hall of the U.S. Capitol is an example of the rotunda in its familiar role as part of a monumental public building.

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