rotund

[ roh-tuhnd ]
/ roʊˈtʌnd /

adjective

round in shape; rounded: ripe, rotund fruit.
plump; fat.
full-toned or sonorous: rotund speeches.

Nearby words

  1. rottenness,
  2. rottenstone,
  3. rotter,
  4. rotterdam,
  5. rottweiler,
  6. rotunda,
  7. rotundity,
  8. rotundly,
  9. roturier,
  10. rotwelsch

Origin of rotund

1695–1705; < Latin rotundus round, circular, derivative of rota wheel; cf. round1

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British Dictionary definitions for rotund

rotund

/ (rəʊˈtʌnd) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for rotund

C18: from Latin rotundus wheel-shaped, round, from rota wheel

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Word Origin and History for rotund

rotund

adj.

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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