ro·​tund rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio)
: marked by roundness : rounded
: marked by fullness of sound or cadence : orotund, sonorous
a master of rotund diction
: notably plump : chubby
rotundity noun
rō-ˈtənd-lē How to pronounce rotund (audio)
rō-ˈtən(d)-nəs How to pronounce rotund (audio)

Example Sentences

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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Rotund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


ro·​tund rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio)
: somewhat round
rotundity noun

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