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rotunda

[roh-tuhn-duh] /roʊˈtʌn də/
noun
1.
a round building, especially one with a dome.
2.
a large and high circular hall or room in a building, especially one surmounted by a dome.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; alteration of Italian rotonda, noun use of feminine of rotondo < Latin rotundus rotund
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  • Note the stenciling and the four murals on the interior's rotunda.
  • Individual paintings of each word are displayed around the library's rotunda so that viewers encounter them randomly.
  • In the rotunda, which is the lobby where you walk in, there is this stunning chandelier-a major focal point of the theater.
  • There were popular stars in the past equipped with their own rotunda.
  • And there's no denying that the piece brings its share of wow factor to the rotunda.
  • The first floor rotunda is the site of four beautiful monuments located at the foot of the grand staircases to the second floor.
  • The windows of the cupola provide a tremendous volume of light to illuminate the rotunda inside.
  • The two courtyards with skylights north and south of the rotunda are lined with three story arcades of marble columns.
British Dictionary definitions for rotunda

rotunda

/rəʊˈtʌndə/
noun
1.
a building or room having a circular plan, esp one that has a dome
Word Origin
C17: from Italian rotonda, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel
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Word Origin and History for rotunda
n.

"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.

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