ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-ˌtənd \

Definition of rotund

1 : marked by roundness : rounded
2 : marked by fullness of sound or cadence : orotund, sonorous a master of rotund diction
3 : notably plump : chubby

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rotundity \ rō-​ˈtən-​də-​tē How to pronounce rotundity (audio) \ noun
rotundly \ rō-​ˈtənd-​lē How to pronounce rotundly (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ adverb
rotundness \ rō-​ˈtən(d)-​nəs How to pronounce rotundness (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ noun

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Examples of rotund in a Sentence

a rotund little man who, predictably, was asked to play Santa every year the actor's distinct baritone and his clear and rotund elocution are especially effective in dramatic readings
Recent Examples on the Web For example, this very cute and rotund loaf of bread. Anabel Pasarow,, "Here’s A Whole New Set Of Emojis To Accompany Your Life At Home," 23 Apr. 2020 Asterix, short but crafty, is always flanked by his rotund friend Obelix and his loyal dog, Dogmatix, as the trio repeatedly foil Julius Caesar’s plans in exploits that take them from England to Ancient Egypt. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, "Albert Uderzo, 92, Co-Creator of French Comic Series Asterix, Dies," 25 Mar. 2020 Tough tardigrades: Might in miniature Tardigrades—also known as water bears for their rotund bodies—are marvels of biology. National Geographic, "Insights on mighty ‘water bears,’ hardy seeds, and a new sensory organ," 9 Jan. 2020 The rotund Endara, his head swathed in a bandage, later went on a hunger strike. Washington Post, "A rotting cow tongue and ‘evil sorcery’: How the U.S. invasion of Panama led to a literal witch hunt," 23 Dec. 2019 Yet, today’s popular Kerala culture has reduced that mighty monarch to a bumbling, rotund caricature. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 The mice are revealed to be played by small children with rotund CGI mice bodies, and the cockroaches are also tiny cockroach people with human faces. Lauren Huff,, "Let's talk about the most bonkers moments in Cats," 21 Dec. 2019 The sheer variety of their shapes and colors makes them the perfect candidate for a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, from the large rotund pumpkins with orange or blue skins to the smaller ridged delicata and acorn squashes. Nik Sharma,, "Brown Kitchen: Squash does double duty in savory and sweet recipes," 22 Nov. 2019 Dual camera lenses, at last The Pixel 4 is taking a page from the iPhone 11’s design with a rotund backside hump that's home to not one, but two camera lenses. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4: The 5 things you really need to know," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rotund

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rotund

Latin rotundus, probably alteration of Old Latin *retundus; akin to Latin rota wheel — more at roll

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The first known use of rotund was in the 15th century

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“Rotund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rotund

literary + humorous : fat and round


ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) \

Kids Definition of rotund

1 : somewhat round

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