: a round building; especially : one covered by a dome
a : a large round room
b : a large central area (as in a hotel)
Examples of ROTUNDA
- We stood inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Origin of ROTUNDA
from Latin rotunda,
feminine of rotundus
First Known Use: 1645
rotunda (Medical Dictionary)
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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