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

ring-around-the-rosy

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

noun

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.
More 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.

Origin

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day animalcule
Pronunciation: ˌanəˈmalˌkyo͞ol
noun
a microscopic animal