From Middle English round, rounde, from Old Northern French röunt, röunde, rund, Old French ront, runt, rëont, rëonde ( > French rond), representing an earlier *rodond, from Latin rotundus or a Vulgar Latin form retundus (compare Italian rotondo, Provençal redon, Spanish redondo, etc.) The noun developed partly from the adjective and partly from the corresponding French noun rond. Compare the doublet rotund, and rotunda.
From Middle English rounen, from Old English rūnian ("to whisper, talk low, talk secrets, consipre, talk secretly"), from Proto-Germanic *rūnōną ("to talk secrets, whisper, decide"), *raunijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewə-, *(e)rwō-. Cognate with Scots roun ("to converse with in whispers, speak privately"), Middle Low German rūnen ("to whisper"), Middle Dutch ruinen ("to whisper"), German raunen ("to whisper, murmur"), Old English rūn ("whisper, secret, mystery"), Swedish röna ("to meet with, experience"). More at rune.
From Middle English roun, from Old English rūn ("whisper, secret, mystery"), from Proto-Germanic *rūnō, *raunō, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewə-, *(e)rwō-. Cognate with Scots roun, round, German raunen ("to whisper, say secretly"), Swedish rön ("findings, observations, experience").
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