- a round building, especially one with a dome.
- a large and high circular hall or room in a building, especially one surmounted by a dome.
Origin of rotunda
Examples from the Web for rotunda
Tough women with children at home curled up in the rotunda at the foot of the grand staircase.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Then a newscaster would break in with some ratatattat announcement that amounted to nothing, and then it was back to the rotunda.The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended
November 1, 2013
Congress had voted money for mural paintings for the rotunda of the Capitol.The Age of Invention
Paul nodded, and they went down the hall and into the Rotunda.Ministry of Disturbance
Henry Beam Piper
They entered at the ladies' door while he kept on to the main entrance and rotunda.The Spirit of Sweetwater
He had half-led, half-pushed the other to a chair near one of the pillars of the rotunda.The Green Rust
When I entered the rotunda I was hailed by a Mr. Fox, who wanted conversation with me.Between the Lines
Henry Bascom Smith
- a building or room having a circular plan, esp one that has a dome
Word Origin and History for rotunda
"round building," 1680s, from Italian rotonda, especially the Pantheon, from noun use of Latin rotunda, fem. of rotundus "round" (see rotund). Meaning "circular hall or room within a building" is from 1780.