One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly with capital initial. = "rotunda".
2A rounded or circular garment. rare.
Early 17th century. Partly (i) from Italian rotonda circular building, kind of cape for women, use as noun of feminine of rotondo round (from classical Latin rotundus), and partly (ii) from French rotonde circular building, especially the Pantheon in Rome, kind of cape for women, semicircular area at either end of a train carriage from classical Latin rotundus.
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