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[round-hed] /ˈraʊndˌhɛd/
noun, English History.
a member or adherent of the Parliamentarians or Puritan party during the civil wars of the 17th century (so called in derision by the Cavaliers because they wore their hair cut short).
Origin of Roundhead
First recorded in 1635-45; round1 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I may say I find less bitterness and denunciation, but quite as dogged a resolution upon the Roundhead side.

    The Civil War in America William Howard Russell
  • Fasten the braces in place by means of Roundhead blued screws.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • Edward remained silent: this admission on the part of the Roundhead prevented an explosion on his part.

  • At a moment of peril he took his life at the hands of a Roundhead.

  • Now that this truce is called,” Thoroughgood answered, “that the Roundhead captain may have speech with my lady.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • The Roundhead rascals shall have the full benefit of our gay bonfire.

    The Buccaneer Mrs. S. C. Hall
  • "I will go further into the matter anon," said the Roundhead officer.

    The Young Cavalier Percy F. Westerman
  • Cavalier and Roundhead, Churchman and Puritan were for once allied.

  • This Roundhead captain has sent us hither the most passionate pleadings to be admitted to parley.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • My trees are troubled with Roundhead borer, twig-borer, and grasshoppers.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for Roundhead


(English history) a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil War Compare Cavalier
Word Origin
referring to their short-cut hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Roundhead

"adherent of the Parliamentary party in the English Civil War," 1641, so called for their custom of wearing the hair close-cropped, in contrast to the flowing curls of the cavaliers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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