[ awr-uh-tuhnd, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔr əˌtʌnd, ˈoʊr- /


(of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
(of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.

Nearby words

  1. orosomucoid,
  2. orotate,
  3. orotic acid,
  4. orotic aciduria,
  5. orotracheal tube,
  6. oroya fever,
  7. orozco,
  8. orozco, josé clemente,
  9. orpen,
  10. orphan

Origin of orotund

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for orotund


/ (ˈɒrəʊˌtʌnd) /


(of the voice) resonant; booming
(of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous

Word Origin for orotund

C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth

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Word Origin and History for orotund



1792, from Latin ore rotundo "in well-rounded phrases," literally "with round mouth" (see ore rotundo).

The odd thing about the word is that its only currency, at least in its non-technical sense, is among those who should most abhor it, the people of sufficient education to realize its bad formation; it is at once a monstrosity in its form & a pedantry in its use. [Fowler]
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