Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “roundabout”

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

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 a merry-go-round (= machine with animals or vehicles for children to ride at a fair)

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

More meanings of “roundabout”

Definitions of “roundabout” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

yo

used as an informal greeting between people who know each other or as an expression of approval

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More