- a member or adherent of the Parliamentarians or Puritan party during the civil wars of the 17th century (so called in derision by the Cavaliers because they wore their hair cut short).
Origin of Roundhead
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Historical Examples of roundhead
He said that either the old Roundhead Clarke or his son would go with him.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
At a moment of peril he took his life at the hands of a Roundhead.The Shadow of a Crime
He had talents that would have commanded a price in the Roundhead market.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
There were several Italian peasants, a Cavalier, a Roundhead, and a matador.The New Girl at St. Chad's
Good-bye, and good luck go with you, though you are a Roundhead.Crown and Sceptre
George Manville Fenn
- English history a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil WarCompare Cavalier
Word Origin for Roundhead
"adherent of the Parliamentary party in the English Civil War," 1641, so called for their custom of wearing the hair close-cropped, in contrast to the flowing curls of the cavaliers.