Meaning of “roundabout” in the English Dictionary

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roundaboutnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ us /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ UK

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


  • 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


uk /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/ us /ˈraʊnd.ə.baʊt/

(Definition of “roundabout” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈrɑʊnd·əˈbɑʊt/

roundabout adjective (NOT DIRECT)

not simple, direct, or quick:

You took the roundabout way to get here.

roundaboutnoun [ C ]

us /ˈrɑʊnd·əˌbɑʊt/ Br

roundabout noun [ C ] (CIRCLE)

(Definition of “roundabout” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)