rotunda

noun

ro·​tun·​da rō-ˈtən-də How to pronounce rotunda (audio)
1
: a round building
especially : one covered by a dome
2
a
: a large round room
b
: a large central area (as in a hotel)

Example Sentences

We stood inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Recent Examples on the Web But other than those figures, only the statues of presidents now stand in the rotunda. Chad Pergram, Fox News, 5 Oct. 2022 The inlaid floor in the rotunda was modeled on the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2022 After Lincoln’s death, Ream became the youngest artist and first woman to ever be commissioned by the federal government for a statue: the Lincoln statue that is featured in the U.S. Capitol’s rotunda. Emma Colton, Fox News, 17 Nov. 2022 Held in the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Broadway Comes Home to Detroit also served as the kickoff for the Black Theatre Network’s annual conference, held this year in Detroit. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2022 Just 20 minutes from The Clepsydra Stage, the light sculpture Atua stands in the rotunda of the Hessisches Landesmuseum. Cassidy George, Vogue, 22 June 2022 Nakisha Lewis, the mother of 21-year-old Domonic Billa, who was murdered at a Philadelphia mall in March 2021, blasted Krasner at a press conference held in the rotunda of the state’s capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 21 June 2022 Among the multi-story floats are a recreation of Hotel Breakers’ rotunda; a steamship transporting guests to the park; and an homage to the park’s many record-breaking roller coasters, with roller-blading performers skating around a curving track. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 23 June 2021 The interior nods to the illustrious cruise ship with porthole windows and a prowlike rotunda. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 10 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Italian rotonda, from Latin rotunda, feminine of rotundus

First Known Use

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rotunda was circa 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Rotunda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotunda. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

rotunda

noun

ro·​tun·​da rō-ˈtən-də How to pronounce rotunda (audio)
1
: a round building
especially : one covered by a dome
2
a
: a large round room
b
: a large central area (as in a hotel)

Medical Definition

rotunda

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