rounceval

adjective

Definition of rounceval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

obsolete
: huge, large

rounceval

noun
roun·​ce·​val | \ ˈrau̇n(t)səvəl \
plural -s

Definition of rounceval (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete
a : something very large : giant, monster
b : a big loud woman : virago

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First Known Use of rounceval

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rounceval

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

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“Rounceval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rounceval. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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