roun·​del | \ˈrau̇n-dᵊl \

Definition of roundel 

1 : a round figure or object (such as a circular panel, window, or niche)

2a : rondel sense 2a

b : an English modified rondeau

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Synonyms for roundel


circle, cirque, ring, round

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Examples of roundel in a Sentence

the windows in the colonial-era statehouse are roundels

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Lockheed Hudson bombers that landed regularly in Boise displayed the familiar Royal Air Force roundels of blue circles with red dots in the middle. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "Air travel was always a boon to Idaho | Idaho Statesman," 9 Feb. 2018 It’s still very good, with a full lineup of rewarding powertrains, an eminently useful cargo hold, and, as always, that iconic blue-and-white roundel on the hood. Car and Driver, "2018 BMW 3-series," 1 Nov. 2017 The London Underground roundel logo, originally known as the ‘bar and circle’, was first used in 1908 at St James’s Park station near Buckingham Palace, while the Tube map in its current form was designed by engineer Harry Beck in 1933. Joe Easton,, "Iconic London Tube Logo, Map to Be Licensed for Global Branding," 2 May 2017 Then, there’s Batou (Pilou Asbæk), Major’s partner in Section 9, who, after losing the use of his eyes in an explosion, is soon kitted out with a replacement: two little metal roundels, complete with X-ray vision. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ghost in the Shell” and “Graduation”," 30 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of roundel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roundel

Middle English, from Anglo-French rondel, roundel, from rund round — more at round

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English Language Learners Definition of roundel

: a round figure or object

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