- 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
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Examples from the Web for roulade
In every school of singing the roulade is effected by means of the staccato and legato.Delsarte System of Oratory
But there is a specific note of individuality, a roulade quite Anatolian in the Frenchman's writings.Egoists
With a roulade the brindisi had ceased and the singer as though pleased, not with herself but with the audience, bowed.The Paliser case
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.Sarrasine
Honore de Balzac
- a slice of meat rolled, esp around a stuffing, and cooked
- an elaborate run in vocal music
C18: from French, literally: a rolling, from rouler to roll