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[ron-suh-valz; Spanish rawn-thes-vah-lyes] /ˈrɒn səˌvælz; Spanish ˌrɔn θɛsˈvɑ lyɛs/
a village in N Spain, in the Pyrenees: defeat of part of Charlemagne's army and the death of Roland a.d.
French Roncevaux
[rawns-voh] /rɔ̃sˈvoʊ/ (Show IPA)
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  • The story of Roncesvalles tells of an agony equally hopeless and equally secure from every touch of fear.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • To this came a challenging blast from the terrible horn of Roland—he of Roncesvalles.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • In this region, too, lies the famous pass of Ibañeta or Roncesvalles.

  • But Spain too claims part of the honour of the day of Roncesvalles.

  • Ganelon, the knight through whose treachery the defeat of Charlemagne at Roncesvalles was brought about.

    La Lgende des Sicles Victor Hugo
  • R-Roland of Roncesvalles, though he lost, yet did he win, said the peddler.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • This same fight of Roncesvalles was the theme of an archaic poem, the “Song of Altobiscar,” written about 1835.

  • So through the sunny winter day the chivalry of England poured down through the dark pass of Roncesvalles to the plains of Spain.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Though unhorsed he still fought on, ‘rivalling the feats of Roland at Roncesvalles,’ till at last he fell pierced by wounds.

  • In the song of Roncesvalles, a blackthorn grows above the dead Saracens, a white flower above the dead Christians.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
British Dictionary definitions for Roncesvalles


/ˈrɒnsəˌvælz; Spanish rɔnθesˈβaʎes/
a village in N Spain, in the Pyrenees: a nearby pass was the scene of the defeat of Charlemagne and death of Roland in 778 French name Roncevaux (rɔ̃svo)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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