- a song in which a phrase, line, or the like, is continually repeated.
- the music for such a song.
- a dance in a circle; round dance.
Origin of roundelay
Examples from the Web for roundelay
His smile was bright and his skip was lightAs he chirruped his roundelay.The Book of Humorous Verse
W—— paused for another second or two; but then went on with his roundelay.Practical Education, Volume I
Why sing a roundelay that means no more than Choctaw to a Turk?Uncle Walt [Walt Mason]
Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.Strange Stories of the Great Valley
Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
Today, she drums the roundelay of the Lupanars on the back of my neck.Very Woman
Remy de Gourmont
- Also called: roundel a slow medieval dance performed in a circle
- a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as a refrain
Word Origin and History for roundelay
1570s, from Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel "short poem with a refrain," literally "small circle," diminutive of Old French rond "circle, sphere," originally an adjective from roont (see round (adj.)). Spelling developed by association with lay (n.) "poem to be sung."