Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

round - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective     round pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    shaped like a circle or a ball

    Don’t worry if the balls of dough aren’t perfectly round.

    A round table will seat more people than a square one.

    Which hairstyles would look good with a round face like mine?

  2. 3
    not exact, but given as a whole number or as a number ending in zero

    They quoted a round figure of £100 million.

  3. 4
    complete and not less than a particular amount
    a round dozen:

    This goal brings his total for the season to a round dozen.

derived word


noun [uncountable]


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play