ro·​tun·​da | \ rō-ˈtən-də How to pronounce rotunda (audio) \

Definition of rotunda

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

Examples of rotunda in a Sentence

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

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Bayshore Town Center, inside mall rotunda, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christmas 2017: Holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area," 13 Nov. 2017 The former president will lie in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Monday to Wednesday morning. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Heart-Wrenching Photo of George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Guarding His Casket," 3 Dec. 2018 Colyer’s swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Kansas Capitol rotunda immediately upon Brownback’s resignation. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Brownback to resign Jan. 31, elevating Johnson County’s Colyer to governor | The Kansas City Star," 25 Jan. 2018 The president and first lady entered the rotunda and stood before the casket in a moment of silence. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Solemn Ceremony Marks Arrival of Bush’s Casket at U.S. Capitol," 3 Dec. 2018 Guests including Karlie Kloss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jaime King glided through the museum’s iconic rotunda which, for the evening, was filled with round tables adorned with candles and overflowing pink flower centerpieces. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and More Brave the Snow to Attend the 2018 Guggenheim International Gala," 16 Nov. 2018 See a few photos from the service below: Roberta McCain arrives at the rotunda: Roberta comforts her granddaughter Meghan McCain: Roberta McCain pays her respects to her late son. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "John McCain's 106-Year-Old Mother Roberta Will Attend His Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 If house had been finished, directly above rotunda on the main floor would have been black-and-white marble tile in the shape of a star, with a hole through each point, so that light shone down through the center. Southern Living, "WATCH: The Nation's Largest Octagonal House Is In Mississippi, And It Was Never Finished," 4 June 2018 Many of them also attended the services yesterday in the Capitol rotunda, including political leaders like Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "John McCain's 106-Year-Old Mother Roberta Will Attend His Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of rotunda

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rotunda

Italian rotonda, from Latin rotunda, feminine of rotundus

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


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