- a sequence or series.
- a petition, remonstrance, or the like, having the signatures arranged in circular form so as to disguise the order of signing.
- a letter, notice, or the like, circulated from person to person in a group, often with individual comments being added by each.
- Sports. a tournament in which all of the entrants play each other at least once, failure to win a contest not resulting in elimination.
Origin of round robin
Examples from the Web for round robin
There was talk even of sending a round-robin to Mrs. St. Clair.Pirate Gold
Frederic Jesup Stimson
A 'round-robin' letter will cheer the poor girls wonderfully.
"This 'round-robin' is as plump as a partridge," she remarked.
They would be in round-robin communication with each other, yet never out of contact with the other stations.Deathworld
The whole county shall sign a round-robin to tell him it's a shame; and if any one dares to buy it we'll send him to Coventry.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- a letter, esp a petition or protest, having the signatures in a circle in order to disguise the order of signing
- any letter or petition signed by a number of people
- US and Canadian a tournament, as in a competitive game or sport, in which each player plays against every other player
Word Origin and History for round robin
"petition or complaint signed in a circle to disguise the order in which names were affixed and prevent ringleaders from being identified," 1730, originally in reference to sailors and frequently identified as a nautical term. As a kind of tournament in which each player plays the others, it is recorded from 1895.
Idioms and Phrases with round robin
A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours. This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]
In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]