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Webster 1913 Edition


Roundel

Roun′del

,
Noun.
[OF.
rondel
a roundelay, F.
rondel
,
rondeau
, a dim. fr.
rond
; for sense 2, cf. F.
rondelle
a round, a round shield. See
Round
,
Adj.
, and cf.
Rondel
,
Rondelay
.]
1.
(Mus.)
A rondelay.
“Sung all the roundel lustily.”
Chaucer.
Come, now a
roundel
and a fairy song.
Shakespeare
2.
Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle.
The Spaniards, casting themselves into
roundels
, . . . made a flying march to Calais.
Bacon.
Specifically:
(a)
A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
(b)
(Her.)
A circular spot; a sharge in the form of a small circle.
(c)
(Fort.)
A bastion of a circular form.

Webster 1828 Edition


Roundel

ROUND'EL

,

Definition 2022


roundel

roundel

English

Noun

roundel (plural roundels)

  1. Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle.
  2. (music) A roundelay or rondelay.
    • 1595, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene II, line 1:
      Come, now a roundel and a fairy song ... Fairies sing.
    • Sung all the roundel lustily. Chaucer
  3. A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
  4. (heraldry) A circular spot; a charge in the form of a small coloured circle.
  5. (aviation) a circular insignia painted on an aircraft to identify its nationality or service.
  6. A bastion of a circular form.

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