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 Four steel spires, 65 feet tall, are inspired by the rotunda of the Hall of Fame building, designed to resemble the seams of a football. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Canton, birthplace of the NFL, ready to celebrate the league’s centennial, even if coronavirus puts a damper on the party," 12 Sep. 2020 At the center of the 9,600-square-foot floor plan, there’s a sweeping sculptural staircase topped by a rotunda skylight. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Corona del Mar sees highest sale in years with $21.25-million deal," 11 Sep. 2020 Within about 15 minutes of arriving, some in the crowd had graffitied the rotunda, smashed a door switch and broken at least three glass doors. oregonlive, "Opposing protests flare in Gresham on 91st night of demonstrations Wednesday (live updates)," 27 Aug. 2020 The rotunda with a 24-foot ceiling is perfect for a piano, said O’Gorman. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents estate in Lakeside on Preston community," 22 Aug. 2020 Crews carried out a statue of Christopher Columbus from the center of the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday, roughly 137 years after it was first placed there. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: California condors make a comeback; Christopher Columbus gets the boot," 8 July 2020 Engineers and tourists alike have long marveled at the impressive domes of the Italian Renaissance, including Filippo Brunelleschi’s famed red-brick addition to Florence Cathedral and the gargantuan rotunda of St. Peter’s Basilica. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Renaissance Architects Designed Italy’s Imposing Domes," 26 May 2020 In 2003, Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse., "This day in history," 22 Aug. 2020 At the order of Mayor Angelo Rossi, her body lay in state in the rotunda of City Hall, the only journalist ever to be so honored. Gary Kamiya,, "Much more than a ‘sob sister’ — San Francisco reporter was one of the best of her time," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Rotunda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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