- 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
Related Words for round robinapplication, prayer, request, suit, overture, entreaty, appeal, petition, solicitation, forum, discussion, consultation, seminar, interview, symposium, meeting, talk, memorial, imprecation, supplication
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Historical Examples of round robin
There was talk even of sending a round-robin to Mrs. St. Clair.Pirate Gold
Frederic Jesup Stimson
"This 'round-robin' is as plump as a partridge," she remarked.
A 'round-robin' letter will cheer the poor girls wonderfully.
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
"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.
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]