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 rotund (audio) \ noun
rotundly \ rō-​ˈtənd-​lē How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ adverb
rotundness \ rō-​ˈtən(d)-​nəs How to pronounce rotund (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 An unofficial mascot of Florida sometimes called a sea cow, the rotund manatee is a large, slow-moving aquatic mammal., 9 June 2021 The rotund figure of a man carrying a notebook approached. Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 And don’t forget the accessories: an artisanal planter, a rotund fire pit, and an aesthetically pleasing inflatable pool (really). Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Mar. 2021 The game, available on PC and PlayStation platforms and launching soon for Nintendo Switch and Xbox, features rotund characters wobbling around in a series of obstacle courses and challenges. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021 Away from the pitch, Maradona seemed a sad, rotund figure. Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 The rotund wonder helped Greece stun a United States team loaded with stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade to win the semifinal. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2020 In an era of increasingly bitter partisan enmity, the odd coupling of Ginsburg – petite, serious, seemingly shy – and Scalia – rotund, garrulous, overtly opinionated – may be viewed as an anachronism. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2020 Inside the California Cryobank, the largest sperm bank in the US, orderly rows of rotund silver tanks hold thousands of vials of precious genetic material, like a lab-grade brewery. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, 30 July 2020

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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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“Rotund.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rotund

: fat and round


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

Kids Definition of rotund

1 : somewhat round

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