Examples from the Web for roundelay
Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.Strange Stories of the Great Valley|Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
Keats calls the piece a roundelay,—a form which it only so far resembles that its opening measures are repeated at the close.Keats|Sidney Colvin
While words of congratulation were passing from mouth to mouth, the blow descended, and “turned to groans their roundelay.”Tales from "Blackwood," Volume 2|Various
And by night about the crackling camp fire our happy voices, all united, are uplifted in song and roundelay.Fibble, D. D.|Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
During the day it gets on a neighboring brush or tree and sings its roundelay of song for hours at a time.
British Dictionary definitions for roundelay
Word Origin for roundelay
Word Origin and History for roundelay
1570s, from Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel "short poem with a refrain," literally "small circle," diminutive of Old French rond "circle, sphere," originally an adjective from roont (see round (adj.)). Spelling developed by association with lay (n.) "poem to be sung."