- something round or circular.
- a small, round pane or window.
- a decorative plate, panel, tablet, or the like, round in form.
- Also rondel. Theater. a round piece of colored gelatin or glass placed over stage lights as a color medium to obtain lighting effects.
- a metal disk that protects the armpit.
- a metal disk on a hafted weapon or a dagger to protect the hand.
- Heraldry. a small circular charge.
- a rondel or rondeau.
- a modification of the rondeau, consisting of nine lines with two refrains.
- a round dance.
Origin of roundel
1250–1300; Middle English roundele, rundel(le) < Old French rondel, derivative of rond round1 (adj.)
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Examples from the Web for roundel
He pipeth, weary wretch and worn, A roundel shrill and obsolete.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
The one certain example is the Roundel included in the Parl.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
This is the "roundel" sung by the birds "to do Nature honour and plesaunce."English Verse
Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
The fountain is a roundel charged with waves of white and blue.
Term applied to the well-known carving of the roundel common in the Ionic style.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
- a form of rondeau consisting of three stanzas each of three lines with a refrain after the first and the third
- a circular identifying mark in national colours on military aircraft
- a small ornamental circular window, panel, medallion, plate, disc, etc
- a round plate of armour used to protect the armpit
- heraldry a charge in the shape of a circle
- another word for roundelay (def. 1)
C13: from Old French rondel a little circle; see rondel
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Word Origin and History for roundel
late 13c., "a circle," from Old French rondel "round dance; dance lyric; roundel," from rond "round" (see round (n.)).
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