ton·​do ˈtän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce tondo (audio)
plural tondi ˈtän-(ˌ)dē How to pronounce tondo (audio)
: a circular painting
: a sculptured medallion

Examples of tondo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The exhibition includes five rectangular and two tondo (round) paintings. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, 12 Nov. 2020 Created around 1480, the canvas depicts a handsome young man with a small tondo of a saint in his hands. Katya Kazakina,, 7 Oct. 2020 DeLap began slicing up the traditional rectangle — as well as the less common (but equally traditional) circular tondo — into various irregular geometries. Christopher Knight,, 16 Mar. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tondo was in 1890

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“Tondo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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