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

Definition of tondo

1 : a circular painting
2 : 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, "Painter Kirsten Macy wrestles with the isolation of 2020 in her new exhibition in Dallas," 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,, "Botticelli Art Sale to Save Billionaire $33 Million in Capital Gains Taxes," 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,, "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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“Tondo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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