Definition of Roland in English:


Line breaks: Ro¦land
Pronunciation: /ˈrəʊlənd
  • The most famous of Charlemagne’s paladins, hero of the Chanson de Roland (12th century). He is said to have become a friend of Oliver, another paladin, after engaging him in single combat in which neither won. Roland was killed at the Battle of Roncesvalles.


a Roland for an Oliver

archaic An effective or adequate retort or response: he had given Mrs Carr a Roland for her Oliver

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