roundelay

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French rondelet, diminutive of Old French rondel (French: rondeau). Ending -lay either from lay (ballad or sung poem), or from virelay.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɹaʊndɪˈleɪ/

Noun[edit]

roundelay (plural roundelays)

  1. (music) A poem or song having a line or phrase repeated at regular intervals.
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  2. A dance in a circle.
  3. Anything having a round form; a roundel.

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