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ring-around-the-rosy Syllabification: ring-a·round-the-ro·sy
Pronunciation: /riNGəˌroundT͟Həˈrōzē/

Definition of ring-around-the-rosy in English:


A singing game played by children, in which the players hold hands and dance in a circle, falling down at the end of the song.
Example sentences
  • Come on, we're all going to play ring a ring o' roses now.
  • Kindergarten kids form a circle and sing "Ring a Ring O' Roses".
  • "Let’s play ring-around-a-rosy!" she declared.


Said to refer to the inflamed (“rose-colored”) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.

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