oro·​tund | \ ˈȯr-ə-ˌtənd How to pronounce orotund (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of orotund

1 : marked by fullness, strength, and clarity of sound : sonorous an orotund voice
2 : pompous, bombastic an orotund speech

Other Words from orotund

orotundity \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈtən-​də-​tē How to pronounce orotund (audio) , ˌär-​ \ noun

Did you know?

The Latin roots of orotund are related to two more common English words-"oral" and "rotund." Latin or- means "mouth," and rotundus means "round" or "circular." The Roman poet Horace joined forms of those Latin terms to create the phrase "ore rotundo," literally meaning "with round mouth," and figuratively meaning "with well-turned speech." "Ore rotundo" was modified to "orotund" and adopted into English in the late 18th century. It can indicate either strength of delivery or inflated wording.

Examples of orotund in a Sentence

the tenor's orotund voice was just what this soaring aria needs a master of the orotund prose that is favored by academic journals of literary criticism
Recent Examples on the Web Novoselov had a boisterous, orotund way of talking that even the interpreter seemed to have trouble making sense of. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The speaker’s orotund oratory, his mannered put-downs, his mock pretentiousness, his pompous, practiced, often hilarious jawing will be no more. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'orotund.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of orotund

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for orotund

modification of Latin ore rotundo, literally, with round mouth

Learn More About orotund

Time Traveler for orotund

Time Traveler

The first known use of orotund was in 1799

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About orotund

Dictionary Entries Near orotund



Oro Valley

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for orotund

Cite this Entry

“Orotund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orotund. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on orotund

Nglish: Translation of orotund for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!