[ton-doh; Italian tawn-daw]

noun, plural ton·di [ton-dee; Italian tawn-dee] /ˈtɒn di; Italian ˈtɔn di/.

a round painting or relief.

Origin of tondo

1885–90; < Italian: plate, circle, round painting, derivative of the adj.: round, by aphesis for rotondo, < Latin rotundus; see rotund Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tondo

Historical Examples of tondo

  • Bullets were flying in all directions about Tondo and Binondo.

  • The first shots in the night attack on the Tondo road made him a soldier.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • Ascribed to him is also the tondo of the Madonna and Child with two Saints.

  • It was from this stand-point that we attacked the problem in the Tondo (Manila) campaign in 1913.


    Thomas Wright Jackson

  • I am known as Capitan Tinong and live in Tondo, where you will always be welcome.

British Dictionary definitions for tondo


noun plural -di (-diː)

a circular easel painting or relief carving

Word Origin for tondo

C19: from Italian: a circle, shortened from rotondo round
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