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.
Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, former suburban tech CEO Bradley Rukstales become the first Illinoisan to be convicted for his part in the riot, pleading guilty to being part of a mob that confronted police in the Capitol’s crypt, a circular room beneath the rotunda. Jason Meisner,, 2 Sep. 2021 At the DuSable Museum of African American History, Kara Walker’s black cutout figures dramatically cover a circular wall in a rotunda. New York Times, 13 July 2021 The Bourse de Commerce, a Belle Epoque rotunda that housed the commodities exchange of Paris during the 19th and 20th centuries, has been renovated and revitalized for the 21st. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, 17 May 2021 The pair passed through a makeshift hallway and entered a rotunda. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Rachel Gonzales was back, standing in the rotunda with her eight-year-old daughter, Cecilia, who had come in her sister’s place. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 While walking through the rotunda in the Kentucky Capitol, Virginia Moore rubbed the boot of the bronze Abraham Lincoln statue. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 29 July 2021 That includes the rotunda, hallways, restrooms, elevators and many other common areas. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2021 Police say photos included in court documents filed in U.S. District Court show Vo inside the Capitol rotunda after it had been breached. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 23 July 2021

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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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The first known use of rotunda was circa 1566

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“Rotunda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rotunda

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


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