Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “roundabout”

See all translations

roundabout

noun [C] uk   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ UK us  

roundabout noun [C] (ON ROAD)

A2 ( US traffic circle) a place where three or more roads join and traffic must go around a circular area in the middle, rather than straight across
More examples
  • Take the first left at the roundabout.
  • Take the last turning at the roundabout.

roundabout noun [C] (PLAY EQUIPMENT)

( US merry-go-round) a flat, round piece of equipment in play areas on which children sit or stand and are pushed round and round ( US carousel) a large machine at a fair that turns round and has wooden or plastic animals or vehicles on which children ride

roundabout

adjective uk   /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ us  
not in a simple, direct, or quick way: We took a roundabout route to avoid the accident. He asked me, in a roundabout way, if he could have a salary increase.
(Definition of roundabout from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of roundabout?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “roundabout” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More