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[roh-tuhnd] /roʊˈtʌnd/
round in shape; rounded:
ripe, rotund fruit.
plump; fat.
full-toned or sonorous:
rotund speeches.
Origin of rotund
1695-1705; < Latin rotundus round, circular, derivative of rota wheel; cf. round1
Related forms
rotundly, adverb
subrotund, adjective
subrotundly, adverb
subrotundness, noun
unrotund, adjective
2. obese, fleshy, corpulent, stout, portly. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rotund


rounded or spherical in shape
sonorous or grandiloquent; full in tone, style of speaking, etc
Derived Forms
rotundity, rotundness, noun
rotundly, 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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