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ro·tun·da

 (rō-tŭn′də)
n.
A circular building or room, especially one topped with a dome.

[Italian rotonda, from feminine of rotondo, round, from Latin rotundus; see rotund.]

rotunda

(rəʊˈtʌndə)
n
(Architecture) a building or room having a circular plan, esp one that has a dome
[C17: from Italian rotonda, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel]

ro•tun•da

(roʊˈtʌn də)

n., pl. -das.
1. a round building, esp. one with a dome.
2. a large and high circular hall or room, esp. one surmounted by a dome.
[1680–90; alter. of Italian rotonda, n. use of feminine of rotondo < Latin rotundus; see rotund]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rotunda - a building having a circular plan and a domerotunda - a building having a circular plan and a dome
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
2.rotunda - a large circular room
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
Translations

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] Nrotonda f

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] nrotonde f

rotunda

nRotunde f, → Rundbau m

rotunda

[rəʊˈtʌndə] nrotonda
References in classic literature ?
The emperor was anxious to see that famous temple of the Rotunda, called in ancient times the temple 'of all the gods,' but now-a-days, by a better nomenclature, 'of all the saints,' which is the best preserved building of all those of pagan construction in Rome, and the one which best sustains the reputation of mighty works and magnificence of its founders.
There was a rustling in the shadows of a near-by corridor, and he could have sworn that he saw a human hand withdrawn from an embrasure that opened above him into the domelike rotunda in which he found himself.
The room in which we found ourselves was long like a gallery and ended in a rotunda with many windows.