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

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 Floridians cherish manatees, rotund and gentle giants that have long captured the human imagination, but people have failed to care for the animals’ environment, putting the species’ survival at risk. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 The fate of the rotund fellow became a cause célèbre as photos of him circulated on the internet, where his many aliases included Yogi, Chunky and the Big Guy. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 Gailani, a onetime mujahideen fighter against the Soviets, is now a rotund, urbane man in his sixties. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Local excitement has also led to a buying frenzy for keepsakes of the official Olympic mascot, a rotund panda in a bodysuit named Bing Dwen Dwen. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 The rotund toads are indigenous to South and Central America. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 Kolkata wears its past on its sleeve like few other cities, from its rotund yellow taxis to its antiquated trams. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Much is known about the rotund Butler, an irascible, brilliant, cruel and sometimes-corrupt lawyer and politician. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2021 Fans also get their best look yet at Farrell's scarred and rotund gangster Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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

Kids Definition of rotund

1 : somewhat round

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