roun·​del ˈrau̇n-dᵊl How to pronounce roundel (audio)
: a round figure or object (such as a circular panel, window, or niche)
: an English modified rondeau

Examples of roundel in a Sentence

the windows in the colonial-era statehouse are roundels
Recent Examples on the Web Dukec’s team has also used tech to make BMW’s roundel more efficient, at least from a cost point of view. Alex Goy, WIRED, 2 Sep. 2023 The color scheme draws heavily on the 1951 class-winning 356 SL, painted Le Mans Silver Metallic and featuring a roundel on the door with the number 46. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 June 2023 Customers have 12 exterior heritage colors to choose from including the Pastel Green of this car, British Racing Green and Pastel Blue with contrasting roundel, as well as the opportunity to select their tailored interior specification from a range of eight leather hues. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 28 June 2022 So far researchers have been able to excavate much of the roundel itself. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Sep. 2022 One iconic roundel is the Goseck Circle, an ancient observatory found in Germany. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Sep. 2022 Some of us are even learning to drive like Europeans thanks to Young’s challenging roundel. Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2022 This newest roundel was discovered in Vinoř, a district in Prague. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 Sep. 2022 There’s nothing wrong with the roundel on Dylan’s forehead, of course, or with the other circles that the designer Martin Sharp used to depict the musician’s hair. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roundel was in the 14th century

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“Roundel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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