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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As the second day of school let out at San Mateo High, administrators stood in the rotunda, waving plate-sized silver disks that students tapped with green-and-gray pouches. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "Sick of distracted students? Some schools have started locking up their phones," 19 Aug. 2019 This morning, memorial services for the late Senator John McCain continue with a ceremony in the US Capitol rotunda. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Vice President Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain in Speech at His Memorial Service," 31 Aug. 2018 Sister Pat Murphy and Sister JoAnn Persch marched into the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill recently with their identification and $50 worth of bail money, knowing what was coming. Marie Fazio,, "Chicago nuns, 86 and 90, take protest for immigrants to Washington after years of prayer at Broadview ICE center," 27 July 2019 Lugar also had lain in state under the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse, a rare honor. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here is when former Sen. Richard Lugar will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery," 12 July 2019 The protesters clashed with hundreds of Trump supporters gathered at the state capitol rotunda in St. Paul last Saturday, a scene that played out during rallies in other cities around the country. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Tim Kaine's Son Was Arrested After Allegedly Disrupting a Pro-Trump Rally," 8 Mar. 2017 Thus pressured, the library board funded construction of a library built of Indiana limestone, featuring an octagonal rotunda with terrazzo tile, brass ornaments and dark English oak. Rick Kogan,, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot is right. Why we should love libraries, even on Sundays," 1 July 2019 The display culminated in a cotton candy pink stairway leading to a rainbow rotunda and a buzzing party. Leigh Penney, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton X Celebrates 160 Years of Creative Collaboration," 29 June 2019 The couple exchanged vows amid a towering rotunda with an ocean backdrop in an intimate ceremony with 200 of their closest family and friends present. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss Exclusive: Mike and Kyra Epps Share Stunning Photos From Their California Wedding," 27 June 2019

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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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