Etymology
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rotund (adj.)

"round, spherical, globular; rounded out, bulbous," 1705, from Latin rotundus "rolling, round, circular, spherical, like a wheel," from rota "wheel" (see rotary). Earlier was rotound (1610s); rotounde (early 15c.); rotundal (1620s), rotundious (1620s). In reference to a full-toned style of oratory by 1830, after Horace's ore rotundo in "Poetics," from the roundness of the mouth in pronouncing.

updated on October 03, 2021

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Definitions of rotund from WordNet

rotund (adj.)
spherical in shape;
rotund (adj.)
(of sounds) full and rich;
the rotund and reverberating phrase
Synonyms: orotund / round / pear-shaped
rotund (adj.)
excessively fat;
Synonyms: corpulent / obese / weighty
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