[ awr-uh-tuhnd, ohr- ]
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  1. (of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.

  2. (of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.

Origin of orotund

1785–95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō, with round mouth; see oral, rotund

Other words from orotund

  • o·ro·tun·di·ty [awr-uh-tuhn-di-tee, ohr-], /ˌɔr əˈtʌn dɪ ti, ˌoʊr-/, noun

Words Nearby orotund

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How to use orotund in a sentence

  • With the orotund, as well as with the natural quality, all the voice modes previously described may be conjoined.

  • Pure voice is usually spoken of as being manifested in two qualities, the natural and the orotund.

  • One given to sonorous and orotund phrases would doubtless have coined a most splendid speech here.

    Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb
  • In an orotund voice he declaims to his pupils the mighty revelations that he copied from the book.

    The Vitalized School | Francis B. Pearson
  • There is a voice of unusual roundness and fulness known as the orotund, which is indispensable to the public speaker.

    Talks on Talking | Grenville Kleiser

British Dictionary definitions for orotund


/ (ˈɒrəʊˌtʌnd) /

  1. (of the voice) resonant; booming

  2. (of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous

Origin of orotund

C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth

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