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[roo-lahd] /ruˈlɑd/
a musical embellishment consisting of a rapid succession of tones sung to a single syllable.
a slice of meat rolled around a filling of minced meat and cooked.
Origin of roulade
1700-10; < French: a rolling, equivalent to roul(er) to roll + -ade -ade1 Unabridged
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  • In every school of singing the roulade is effected by means of the staccato and legato.

  • But there is a specific note of individuality, a roulade quite Anatolian in the Frenchman's writings.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • With a roulade the brindisi had ceased and the singer as though pleased, not with herself but with the audience, bowed.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The inspector rose and approached the door through which Clementi's roulade was heard.

    The Awakening

    Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
  • On another, she was coyly turning her head as she finished a roulade, and seemed to be listening to herself.

    Sarrasine Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for roulade


a slice of meat rolled, esp around a stuffing, and cooked
an elaborate run in vocal music
Word Origin
C18: from French, literally: a rolling, from rouler to roll
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