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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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  • To this came a challenging blast from the terrible horn of Roland—he of Roncesvalles.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Yet even then they were at Roncesvalles, and the warning came too late.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Meanwhile King Charles had entered the valley of Roncesvalles.

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

  • R-Roland of Roncesvalles, though he lost, yet did he win, said the peddler.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Roland was the only one left alive on the plains of Roncesvalles.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • He thus describes his journey over the plain of Roncesvalles.

    Old Roads and New Roads William Bodham Donne
  • I frequently meet in society one of the Paladins of that fatal Roncesvalles.

    Sword and Gown George A. Lawrence
  • In this region, too, lies the famous pass of Ibañeta or Roncesvalles.

  • 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
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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