rounceval

1 of 2

adjective

obsolete
: huge, large

rounceval

2 of 2

noun

roun·​ce·​val
ˈrau̇n(t)səvəl
plural -s
1
obsolete
a
: something very large : giant, monster
b
: a big loud woman : virago
2

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from Rouncesvalles, Roncevaux, mountain pass in northern Spain; from the gigantic bones shown there as those of the paladins of Charlemagne slain in battle in 778

First Known Use

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rounceval was in 1570

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“Rounceval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rounceval. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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