roundelay 1570s, from M.Fr. rondelet, dim. of rondel "short poem with a refrain," lit. "small circle," from O.Fr. rondel, dim. of rond "circle, sphere," originally an adj. from roont (see ROUND (Cf. round)). Spelling developed by association with lay (n.) "poem to be sung."

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  • Roundelay — Round e*lay, n. [OF. rondelet, dim. of rondel. See {Roundel}, {Roundeau}, and cf. {Roundlet}, {Rundlet}.] 1. (Poetry) See {Rondeau}, and {Rondel}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) (a) A tune in which a simple strain is often repeated; a simple rural… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roundelay — [roun′də lā΄] n. [MFr rondelet, dim. of rondel: see ROUNDEL] 1. a) a simple song in which some phrase, line, etc. is continually repeated b) music for such a song 2. a dance in a circle; roundel …   English World dictionary

  • roundelay — noun Etymology: Middle English, modification of Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel Date: 15th century 1. a simple song with a refrain 2. a poem with a refrain recurring frequently or at fixed intervals as in a rondel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roundelay — /rown dl ay /, n. 1. a song in which a phrase, line, or the like, is continually repeated. 2. the music for such a song. 3. a dance in a circle; round dance. [1565 75; alter. (influenced by LAY4) of MF rondelet, dim. of rondel ROUNDEL] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • roundelay — noun A poem or song having a line or phrase repeated at regular intervals …   Wiktionary

  • roundelay — Synonyms and related words: English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canon, canso, catch, chanson, clerihew, dirge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • roundelay — англ. [ра/ундилей] 1) нар. песня или баллада 14 в. 2) хороводный танец …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • roundelay — roun·de·lay || raÊŠndɪleɪ n. type of dance in a circle; line or phrase that is repeated as the refrain in a song …   English contemporary dictionary

  • roundelay — [ raʊndəleɪ] noun literary 1》 a short simple song with a refrain. 2》 a circle dance. Origin ME: from OFr. rondelet, from rondel (see rondel) …   English new terms dictionary

  • roundelay — roun·de·lay …   English syllables

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