roun·​del | \ ˈrau̇n-dᵊl How to pronounce roundel (audio) \

Definition of roundel

1 : a round figure or object (such as a circular panel, window, or niche)
b : an English modified rondeau

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the windows in the colonial-era statehouse are roundels
Recent Examples on the Web Bennett knew how to illuminate all of the combustible ambition and terror of the audition process, allowing us to watch the dancers compete in an exhausting roundel of tryout leaps and toe-drops. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘A Chorus Line’ is back, and you’ll enjoy the new spring in its step.," 7 Nov. 2019 The mosque years also show themselves in the bold flowing lines of Arabic calligraphy on hanging roundels near the second level and in the beautiful marble mihrab, indicating the direction of Mecca. National Geographic, "This heavenly building served as both church and mosque," 22 Mar. 2019 The fighters, bare metal with a red and black roundel painted on the tail, were the pride of the Albanian Air Force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Albania’s Underground Air Force Doesn’t Look So Good," 1 Apr. 2019 Though Tomasi’s painted scene covers the entire surface of the plate, on other pieces attributed to him the scenes are confined to a small central roundel surrounded by elaborate painted borders of interwoven figural and plant motifs. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 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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The first known use of roundel was in the 14th century

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“Roundel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of roundel

chiefly British : a round figure or object

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