Definition of roundel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraʊnd(ə)l/


1A small disc, especially a decorative medallion.
Example sentences
  • Antarctic veteran Bill Storer presents the roundel of Auster A11-201 to the director of the RAAF Museum, David Gardner.
  • It is amazing what a bit of metallised detailing on the roundels will do.
  • On narrow strips of wall at both sides of the gallery entrance, and not likely to be noticed until you were leaving, hung rows of 15 dark bronze roundels about 4 inches in diameter.
1.1A picture or pattern contained in a circle: the calendar is painted with roundels of the Labours of the Months
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  • Each of the six windows features the image of a plant mentioned in the Bible, along with a memorial statement and two roundels containing painted symbols representing the Gospels.
  • In the Doric frieze above, six of the roundels decorating the metopes display figural reliefs that are very hard to decipher in the gloom into which the door is plunged by the barrel vault above.
  • On either side, the Crescent Rainbow arch would have roundels containing ‘sculptured scenes’ from The Thousand and One Nights.
1.2 Heraldry A plain filled circle as a charge (often with a special name according to colour).
Example sentences
  • The film actually showed the colours of the roundel, which were unmistakably British, the unique undercarriage design of the Harrier, its name - Harrier - and its serial number.
  • It bears the shield of Mexico City within a crowned roundel and a Spanish legend that can be translated, ‘On His Accession to the Throne of Mexico City on December 27, 1789.’
1.3A circular identifying mark painted on military aircraft, as, for example, the red, white, and blue of the RAF.
Example sentences
  • ‘I think the big Air Force roundels on the wings look quite spectacular and that came from the Air Force design,’ he said.
  • I leave her on a military passenger plane, complete with turquoise and white roundels, piloted by a uniformed officer.
  • Still in a light shade of blue, SL721 now had revised roundels and repositioned initials.
2A short poem consisting of three stanzas of three lines each, rhyming alternately, with the opening words repeated as a refrain after the first and third stanzas. The form, a variant of the rondeau, was developed by Swinburne.
Example sentences
  • Swinburne commanded an impressive variety of verse forms, writing in classical metres, composing burlesques, modern and mock-antique ballads, roundels, etc.


Middle English: from Old French rondel, from ro(u)nd- (see round).

Words that rhyme with roundel


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