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 Still, this loose-limbed romantic roundelay — gorgeously filmed in black and white by the French director Jacques Audiard — glows with a spirit of playful, limitless possibility. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The house had a feeling of being offstage, at least compared with the comic roundelay of Turtle Bay. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 The story itself is pure Western pulp, a dime-store roundelay of banditos, lost dreams, and femme fatales. Leah Greenblatt,, 17 Sep. 2021 What followed was a frustrating roundelay in which Chime directed Robertson to the IRS, and the IRS directed her to Chime. Carson Kessler, ProPublica, 6 July 2021 Gertrude Stein’s roundelay-like syntax and logic feel very present here. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 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, 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,, 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, 5 Apr. 2018 See More

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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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“Roundelay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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