round-rob·​in ˈrau̇nd-ˌrä-bən How to pronounce round-robin (audio)
: a written petition, memorial, or protest to which the signatures are affixed in a circle so as not to indicate who signed first
: a statement signed by several persons
: something (such as a letter) sent in turn to the members of a group each of whom signs and forwards it sometimes after adding comment
: a tournament in which every contestant meets every other contestant in turn

Examples of round-robin in a Sentence

a round-robin to discuss the epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs plaguing professional sports
Recent Examples on the Web Other options are a round-robin format or an eight-team bracket with consolation games. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 Day One will be a round-robin tournament, by the end of which eight will remain. Brandon Sneed, Rolling Stone, 16 Apr. 2024 This session’s tournament will be round-robin format, with each competitor playing in turns against each other. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2024 In the second half of round-robin play, the record drops to 28-47. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 This is an intimate, round-robin style performance that features some of the area’s top songwriters. Jody MacE, Charlotte Observer, 21 Feb. 2024 But with this current lineup, the Rangers have taken a few pages from the likes of the Band and play in a round-robin setup to equally distribute the weight of the songs and the performances, and give opportunities to members who might not have stood in the spotlight previously. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 For the second straight year, in the middle of its offseason, the Premier Lacrosse League hosted a round-robin championship series between the top four teams from the regular season in a six-on-six format (PLL is 10-on-10, including goaltenders). USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2024 Moeller takes control of the GCL-South with defense Moeller beat La Salle by 16, 54-38 to finish 3-0 in the first half of the Greater Catholic League-South double round-robin. James Weber, The Enquirer, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History


from the name Robin

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of round-robin was in 1698

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“Round-robin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a letter (as of protest) whose signers put their signatures in a circle so the receiver cannot tell who signed first
: a tournament in which every contestant plays once against every other contestant
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