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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for roulade

capriccio, roulade, division, scale

Examples from the Web for roulade

Historical Examples of roulade

  • 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.


    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.


    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 for roulade

C18: from French, literally: a rolling, from rouler to roll
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