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Definition of "roundabout" []

  • Indirect; circuitous: "This conclusion was reached in a roundabout but nevertheless perfectly reliable way” ( George Gamow). (adjective)
  • A short, close-fitting jacket. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A merry-go-round. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A traffic circle. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "roundabout" in a sentence
  • ""Any time I get a chance to visit Roundabout City, I try to make the most of it," said Howard McCullough, a state highway engineer who carries the title of roundabout specialist for New York."
  • "There was a very well-known set of local rural toilets here, near a main roundabout but concealed by a miniature forest, wherin many a local reputation was besmirched down the years."
  • "Another problem is that the word roundabout brings up for many people an image of an old "traffic circle" or, in the Northeast, a "rotary" intersection."