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.
- 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".
- "Lets 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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