variants or less commonly ring-around-a-rosy or ring-a-rosy
: a children's singing game in which players dance around in a circle and at a given signal drop to the ground

Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ring-around-the-rosy was in 1878

Dictionary Entries Near ring-around-the-rosy

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“Ring-around-the-rosy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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