Then a newscaster would break in with some ratatattat announcement that amounted to nothing, and then it was back to the rotunda.
In others, courts split legal hairs: in front of the court yes, in the rotunda no; Santa yes, Jesus no; and so on.
Tough women with children at home curled up in the rotunda at the foot of the grand staircase.
"round building," 1680s, from Italian rotonda, especially the Pantheon, from noun use of Latin rotunda, fem. of rotundus "round" (see rotund). Meaning "circular hall or room within a building" is from 1780.