[ roun-dl ]
/ ˈraʊn dl /


Origin of roundel

1250–1300; Middle English roundele, rundel(le) < Old French rondel, derivative of rond round1 (adj.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for roundel


/ (ˈraʊndəl) /


a form of rondeau consisting of three stanzas each of three lines with a refrain after the first and the third
a circular identifying mark in national colours on military aircraft
a small ornamental circular window, panel, medallion, plate, disc, etc
a round plate of armour used to protect the armpit
heraldry a charge in the shape of a circle
another word for roundelay (def. 1)

Word Origin for roundel

C13: from Old French rondel a little circle; see rondel
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Word Origin and History for roundel



late 13c., "a circle," from Old French rondel "round dance; dance lyric; roundel," from rond "round" (see round (n.)).

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