[ roun-dl-ey ]
/ ˈraʊn dlˌeɪ /


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.

Origin of roundelay

1565–75; alteration (influenced by lay4) of Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel roundel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for roundelay

/ (ˈraʊndɪˌleɪ) /


Also called: roundel a slow medieval dance performed in a circle
a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as a refrain

Word Origin for roundelay

C16: from Old French rondelet a little rondel, from rondel; also influenced by lay 4
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