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)

Examples of rotunda in a Sentence

We stood inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Recent Examples on the Web Listen to this article Applause echoed through the rotunda of Baltimore City Hall as Mayor Brandon Scott swore in new members to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on Wednesday. Kiersten Hacker, Baltimore Sun, 3 July 2024 The main part of the Capitol, which was originally built in the 1800s and includes the rotunda as well as the Assembly and Senate chambers, was restored in the 1980s and remains open to the public while the office wing is under construction. Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024 The awards ceremony was held in Florida State University’s law school rotunda, named after the late Talbot (Sandy) D’Alemberte, a former FSU president, law school dean and First Amendment champion. Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Boards, Orlando Sentinel, 25 June 2024 Oklahoma’s is the only state capitol surrounded by active oil rigs, its rotunda inscribed with the names of oil companies that helped to construct it and backed those in power. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rotunda 

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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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“Rotunda.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotunda. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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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