Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Pompous and bombastic.
  • adjective Full in sound; sonorous.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective (of sounds) full and rich
  • adjective 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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