American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A circular building, especially one with a dome.
- n. A large area with a high ceiling, as in a hotel lobby.
- n. A large round room.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A round building, especially one with a dome; any building that is round both outside and inside. The most celebrated edifice of this kind is the Pantheon at Rome. See cuts under octastyle and pantheon.
- n. A circular hall in a large building, generally surmounted by a dome: as, the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A round building; especially, one that is round both on the outside and inside, like the Pantheon at Rome. Less properly, but very commonly, used for a large round room.
- n. a large circular room
- n. a building having a circular plan and a dome
- Italian rotonda, from feminine of rotondo, round, from Latin rotundus; see rotund. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An hour later, members of the public were allowed to sign a guest book and pay their respects to Hassell in the yellow-and-white rotunda, which is adorned by marble busts of Virginia-born presidents.”
“First thing you see in the rotunda is the statue of Chief Washakie.”
“It stands in the centre of the arched rotunda, which is common to all denominations, and from which branch off the various chapels belonging to each particular sect.”
“The picture galleries of the High Museum are treated as subsidiary spaces shunted off from the proportionally dominant, glass-paneled entry rotunda, which is flooded with daylight and unusable for the display of works that require careful conservation.”
“Whitehall, hangs in the great upper rotunda, which is a setting not unworthy of its fame.”
“In front of the corridor of the rotunda is a projecting balcony, with six gigantic female figures on the corners of its balustrade representing Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and”
“Under the rotunda was a low, broad marble counter, surmounted by a gleaming mirror and a noble array of bottles, flasks, decanters, goblets and glasses of every size.”
“An octagon tower surrounds the rotunda, which is ornamented with Grecian cornices, etc., and its dome is decorated at top with a similar ornament to that of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, commonly called the Lanthorn of Demosthenes.”
“In the rotunda was a hollow section of one of the largest trees that grow in the Maraposa grove of red woods in California.”
“The rotunda has been the inaugural scene of General Jackson, Van Buren, and”
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