Definition of roundelay in English:

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roundelay

Pronunciation: /ˈroundəˌlā/
Pronunciation: /ˈrändəˌlā/

noun

literary
1A short simple song with a refrain.
Example sentences
  • I've passed girls singing choral roundelays on Holyrood Road.
  • They sat next to each other, face-to face, in the background, a roundelay of harp music playing softly.
  • Metz's new arrangement focuses on ensembles supporting the soloists, and a concluding sixteen-bar roundelay with piano exchanges between clarinet, saxophone, trombone, and drums.
1.1A circle dance.
Example sentences
  • Many felt the director did just that with this film, a clever but routine roundelay of British aristocracy and murder.
  • The film is a roundelay of unfulfilled desires: Frances is a beautiful woman, now dying, who wants to heal the emotional damage she's left in her wake.
  • There is a comic roundelay that makes sense on its face, but if you think about it for a second, you realize how forced and unreal it is.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French rondelet, from rondel (see rondel). The change in the ending was due to association with the final syllable of virelay.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: roun·de·lay

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