- Italian Orlando. the greatest of the paladins in the Charlemagne cycle of the chansons de geste, renowned for his prowess and the manner of his death in the battle of Roncesvalles (a.d. 778), also for his five days' combat with Oliver in which neither was the victor.
- a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “glory” and “land.”
- a Roland for an Oliver, retaliation or a retort equal to its provocation; a blow for a blow.
Examples from the Web for roland
Roland Lazenby goes far deeper in the most ambitious Jordan biography to date.The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)
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Back in Paris at Roland Garros for the French Open tennis tournament.Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
Some parties, co-hosted with fellow out director Roland Emmerich, have featured more than a thousand celebrants.Inside Hollywood’s ‘Twink’ Pool Parties
April 19, 2014
December 13, cold and wet snow: the first day so wintry that Roland Moore rode out to his stock tank to break ice.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
In a 2003 paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, economist Roland Fryer found two things.Are Black Names ‘Weird,’ or Are You Just Racist?
September 13, 2013
"That you're a thief with a reward out for you," said Roland.
This lofty and blase greeting can come from none other than Roland Barnette.
Roland grasped frantically at the opportunity to emphasise his importance.
"I—ah—come over to see Sam about that note," stammered Roland.
Impulsively Josie moved to Roland's side and caught his arm.
- the greatest of the legendary 12 peers (paladins, of whom Oliver was another) in attendance on Charlemagne; he died in battle at Roncesvalles (778 ad)
Word Origin and History for roland
masc. proper name, from French, from Old High German Hrodland, literally "(having a) famous land." As legendary nephew of Charlemagne, celebrated in "Chanson de Roland," c.1300. His comrade was Oliver, hence a Roland for an Oliver (1610s) in expressions meaning "to give as good as one gets, tit for tat."