a song in which a phrase, line, or the like, is continually repeated.
the music for such a song.
a dance in a circle; round dance.
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How to use roundelay in a sentence
Nellie Thomas' bird-like tones thrilled their roundelay of worship with the silvery clearness of the skylark.Southern Hearts | Florence Hull Winterburn
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.
Why sing a roundelay that means no more than Choctaw to a Turk?Uncle Walt [Walt Mason] | Walt Mason
Voices rippled from chantey to roundelay and back to chantey again.Strange Stories of the Great Valley | Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
British Dictionary definitions for roundelay
Also called: roundel a slow medieval dance performed in a circle
a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as a refrain
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