Round·​head ˈrau̇nd-ˌhed How to pronounce Roundhead (audio)
: a member of the parliamentary party in England at the time of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell

Word History


from the Puritans' cropping their hair short in contrast to the Cavaliers

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Roundhead was in 1641

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“Roundhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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