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round

noun; zero derivation
a group of close friends, usually used to reference the people you are seen most with in social settings
 
The word may have been derived from the common phrase, “circle of friends.” The relationship between circle and round may have led to a connection in word meaning. The speaker wanted to make sure that the listeners understood that she was referring to only her closest friends, so she may have chosen this word to imply that only those closest to her center (metaphorically) were included in her speech. In another explanation, if the speaker is the center point of a circle, her friends are those points closest to the center, forming the circumference.
Etymology : Derivation of the word round from Du. rond, Dan., Swed. rund, Ger. runde meaning 'a spherical body' Online Etymology Dictionary
Source : I went bowling with my round last Friday. Teenage sister (November 3, 2008)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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