roun·​de·​lay | \ ˈrau̇n-də-ˌlā How to pronounce roundelay (audio) \

Definition of roundelay

1 : a simple song with a refrain
2 : a poem with a refrain recurring frequently or at fixed intervals as in a rondel

Examples of roundelay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The roundelay in which Nadia is trapped is an allegory for the compulsions and diminishing returns of addiction, the sense that death is overtaking life. The New York Review of Books, "Daniel Drake," 25 Apr. 2019 Institutional stability is not reliably built on what is essentially a single primary funding source, even if the fiscal roundelay makes the dollar go a bit further. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The roundelay of Broadway revivals comes around again to this Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Justin Peck. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 Since Sundance 2017, it's been a nonstop roundelay of lunches, dinners, cocktails and awards — for the film, Timothee Chalamet and James Ivory — that's fulfilling and brings my Oscar experience full circle. Howard Rosenman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Call Me by Your Name' Producer Howard Rosenman: My Four Decades of Oscar Parties (Guest Column)," 2 Mar. 2018 Literate and observant, The Moderns (written and directed by Marcela Matta and Mauro Sarser) is a dense romantic roundelay about the challenges of balancing the pressures of work and life in contemporary urban society. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Year in Review Ben Sachs’s favorite films of 2017," 20 Dec. 2017 The script takes the form of a classic roundelay, but instead of romantic shenanigans the comic intrigue turns on social, financial, and political concerns. The New Yorker, "The Roundabout," 18 May 2017 The film’s story consists, in large part, of the conflict that Ana faces between squiring Christian through his urgent roundelay of business functions and pushing her own editorial career ahead. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Fifty Shades Darker”: Not Even the Sex Has Personality," 9 Feb. 2017 The classic noir triangle at the novel’s heart opens up to introduce a roundelay of characters, most of whom get their Rosebud moment. New York Times, "9 New Books We Recommend This Week," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of roundelay

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roundelay

Middle English, modification of Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel

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