Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Pompous and bombastic: orotund talk.
  • adj. Full in sound; sonorous: orotund tones.

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  • adj. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.
  • adj. Pompous; bombastic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by fullness, clearness, strength, and smoothness; ringing and musical; -- said of the voice or manner of utterance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In elocution, characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness; open, mellow, rich, and musical: applied to the voice or manner of utterance.
  • Pompous; self-satisfied; inflated: applied to a style of utterance.
  • n. A deep, full voice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of sounds) full and rich
  • adj. ostentatiously lofty in style

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From alteration of Latin ōre rotundō, with a round mouth : ōre, ablative of ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots + rotundō, ablative of rotundus, round; see rotund.

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Orotund derives from Latin ore rotundo, “with a round mouth,” hence “clear, loud,” from os, oris, “the mouth” + rotundus, “round.”

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