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  1. round in shape; rounded: ripe, rotund fruit.
  2. plump; fat.
  3. full-toned or sonorous: rotund speeches.
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Origin of rotund

1695–1705; < Latin rotundus round, circular, derivative of rota wheel; cf. round1
Related formsro·tund·ly, adverbsub·ro·tund, adjectivesub·ro·tund·ly, adverbsub·ro·tund·ness, nounun·ro·tund, adjective


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  • He was a short man, with a rotund stomach and a wheezy voice.

  • The rotund lady, for herself and the prince, replies in the negative.

    An Outcast

    F. Colburn Adams

  • Then he touched his most rotund portion with a significant look.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter

  • The body—short, plump, and rotund—could be no other than that of the unfortunate Irishman.

  • Rusty was humble as ever, but there was an expectant look in his rotund face.

    The Ghost Breaker

    Charles Goddard

British Dictionary definitions for rotund


  1. rounded or spherical in shape
  2. plump
  3. sonorous or grandiloquent; full in tone, style of speaking, etc
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Derived Formsrotundity or rotundness, nounrotundly, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin rotundus wheel-shaped, round, from rota wheel
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Word Origin and History for rotund


1705, from Latin rotundus "rolling, round, circular, spherical, like a wheel," from rota "wheel" (see rotary). Earlier was rotound (1610s); rotounde (early 15c.). Meaning "full-toned style of oratory" (1830) is after Horace's ore rotundo in "Poetics."

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