tondo

noun
ton·​do | \ ˈtän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce tondo (audio) \
plural tondi\ ˈtän-​(ˌ)dē How to pronounce tondi (audio) \

Definition of tondo

1 : a circular painting
2 : a sculptured medallion

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DeLap began slicing up the traditional rectangle — as well as the less common (but equally traditional) circular tondo — into various irregular geometries. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Tony DeLap's hybrids of painting and sculpture are impossible objects," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tondo

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tondo

Italian, from tondo round, short for rotondo, from Latin rotundus — more at rotund

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