rotund

adjective
ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-ˌtənd \

Definition of rotund

1 : marked by roundness : rounded
2 : marked by fullness of sound or cadence : orotund, sonorous a master of rotund diction
3 : notably plump : chubby

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Other Words from rotund

rotundity \ rō-​ˈtən-​də-​tē How to pronounce rotund (audio) \ noun
rotundly \ rō-​ˈtənd-​lē How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ adverb
rotundness \ rō-​ˈtən(d)-​nəs How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ noun

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Examples of rotund in a Sentence

a rotund little man who, predictably, was asked to play Santa every year the actor's distinct baritone and his clear and rotund elocution are especially effective in dramatic readings
Recent Examples on the Web Away from the pitch, Maradona seemed a sad, rotund figure. Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times, "Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 The rotund wonder helped Greece stun a United States team loaded with stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade to win the semifinal. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seven fun takeaways from new podcast chronicling 'The Giannis Draft'," 16 Nov. 2020 In an era of increasingly bitter partisan enmity, the odd coupling of Ginsburg – petite, serious, seemingly shy – and Scalia – rotund, garrulous, overtly opinionated – may be viewed as an anachronism. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Opera, travel, food, law: The strange bedfellows friendship of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia," 20 Sep. 2020 Inside the California Cryobank, the largest sperm bank in the US, orderly rows of rotund silver tanks hold thousands of vials of precious genetic material, like a lab-grade brewery. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 For example, this very cute and rotund loaf of bread. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Here’s A Whole New Set Of Emojis To Accompany Your Life At Home," 23 Apr. 2020 Asterix, short but crafty, is always flanked by his rotund friend Obelix and his loyal dog, Dogmatix, as the trio repeatedly foil Julius Caesar’s plans in exploits that take them from England to Ancient Egypt. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "Albert Uderzo, 92, Co-Creator of French Comic Series Asterix, Dies," 25 Mar. 2020 Tough tardigrades: Might in miniature Tardigrades—also known as water bears for their rotund bodies—are marvels of biology. National Geographic, "Insights on mighty ‘water bears,’ hardy seeds, and a new sensory organ," 9 Jan. 2020 The rotund Endara, his head swathed in a bandage, later went on a hunger strike. Washington Post, "A rotting cow tongue and ‘evil sorcery’: How the U.S. invasion of Panama led to a literal witch hunt," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rotund

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rotund

Latin rotundus, probably alteration of Old Latin *retundus; akin to Latin rota wheel — more at roll

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The first known use of rotund was in the 15th century

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“Rotund.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotund. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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rotund

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rotund

literary + humorous : fat and round

rotund

adjective
ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) \

Kids Definition of rotund

1 : somewhat round

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