Did you know?

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


 - definitions and thesaurus

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.



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.

noun [countable] round pronunciation in British English /raʊnd/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [usually plural] a series of visits to different people or places that are made as part of someones job

    Both doctors were out on their rounds.

    The bag was found by a postman on his morning delivery round.

    1. a.
      one of a series of meetings
      round of:

      The next round of peace talks will be held in Rome.

      The agreement came at the end of the third round of negotiations.

    2. b.
      a game or a series of games in a competition

      Murray plays his first match in the second round on Wednesday.

      round of:

      Brazil beat the United States in the second round of the World Cup.

    3. c.
      one of a series of elections

      The opposition party is leading after the first round of the elections.

    4. d.
      one of a series of short periods of fighting in a boxing or wrestling match

      He knocked out his opponent in the fourth round.

  2. 2
    a bullet or a shot that is fired from a weapon

    Those guns are capable of firing 1,250 rounds per minute.

    He had a handgun and several rounds of live ammunition.

  3. 3
    a complete game of golf

    He likes nothing more than to play a round of golf.

    Synonyms and related words
  4. 4
    a drink for each of the people in a group

    Tom went to the bar to order another round of drinks.

    It’s my round (=I will buy the drinks).

  5. 5
    a slice of bread or other food

    Just do me a boiled egg and a round of toast.

    He prepared cucumber rounds covered with cream cheese.

    1. a.
      British a sandwich or sandwiches made from two slices of bread

      She’s made three rounds of sandwiches just for me.



… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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