• WordNet 3.6
    • n roundel (heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle "a hollow roundel"
    • n roundel round piece of armor plate that protects the armpit
    • n roundel English form of rondeau having three triplets with a refrain after the first and third
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Roundel A bastion of a circular form.
    • Roundel A circular spot; a sharge in the form of a small circle.
    • Roundel (Mus) A rondelay. "Sung all the roundel lustily.""Come, now a roundel and a fairy song."
    • Roundel A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
    • Roundel Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle. "The Spaniards, casting themselves into roundels , . . . made a flying march to Calais."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roundel Anything round; a round form or figure; a circle, or something of circular form.
    • n roundel Specifically— In heraldry, a circular figure used as a bearing, and commonly blazoned, not roundel, but by a special name according to the tincture. Also roundle, roundlet.
    • n roundel In medieval armor: A round shield made of osiers, wood, sinews, or ropes covered with leather, or plates of metal, or stuck full of nails in concentric circles or other figures: sometimes made wholly of metal, and generally convex, but sometimes concave, and both with and without the umbo or boss. A piece of metal of circular or nearly circular form. A very small plate sewed or riveted to cloth or leather as part of a coat of fence. (β) A larger plate, used to protect the body at the défaut de la cuirasse, where that on the left side was fixed, that on the right side movable to allow of the couching of the lance, and at the knee-joint, usually one on each side, covering the articulation. Also called disk.
    • n roundel In fortification, a bastion of a semicircular form, introduced by Albert Dürer. It was about 300 feet in diameter, and contained roomy casemates for troops.
    • n roundel In architecture, a molding of semicircular profile.
    • n roundel A fruit-trencher of circular form.
    • n roundel A dance in which the dancers form a ring or circle. Also called round.
    • n roundel Same as rondel: specifically applied by Swinburne to a form apparently invented by himself. This consists of nine lines with two refrains, arranged as follows: a, b, a (and refrain); b, a, b; a, b, a (and refrain)—the refrain, as in the rondeau and rondel, being part of the first line. The measure is unrestricted, and the refrain generally rimes with the b lines.
    • n roundel In the fine arts, a composition or design contained within a circle, a type much favored by the painters and sculptor's of the quattrocento in Italy: found also in excavations at Cnosus in Crete; also a wooden platter painted. See tondo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Roundel rown′del anything of a round form or figure: a circle: a ring-dance, a rondel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. rondel, a roundelay, F. rondel, rondeau, a dim. fr. rond,; for sense 2, cf. F. rondelle, a round, a round shield. See Round (a.), and cf. Rondel Rondelay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rondel (Fr. rondeau), dim. of rond, round.


In literature:

He was clad in a gown of blue silk, broidered with roundels beaten with the Bear upon the Castle-wall.
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
We know that they have produced only a few roundels.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
I can make Chansons, ballades, lais, virelais, and roundels, and I am very fond of wine.
"Stories By English Authors: France" by Various
Roundells, Giles, and Roundell could not help you in that manner.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Who steals through the starlit boughs on the nights of June to watch the roundels of thy tribe?
"The Pilgrims Of The Rhine" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Roundell Palmer, Solicitor-General, and Dr Phillimore, Counsel to the Admiralty.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
The eastern capital is in the basket form with roundels on the four faces.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
In addition to those already mentioned there were at different times Mr. Morrison, Mr. C. S. Roundell, Rev.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
Roundel, a dance, 429.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
"The Golden Treasury" by Various
Now who this merry roundel Hath sung with such renown?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Palmer, Sir Roundell, opposes British library act, 290.
"The Library and Society" by Various
In the lines which have been quoted he speaks of the "ballades, roundels, and virelayes" which he had composed.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
A Century of Roundels.
"The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies" by Walter Besant
Among his college friends were Dean Stanley and Roundell Palmer, 1st earl of Selborne.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
It contains roundel designs in place of the square designs first intended.
"English Book-Illustration of To-day" by Rose Esther Dorothea Sketchley
With the Ordinaries we may take the Roundels or Pellets, disks or balls of various colours.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
The Book of Praise.= Selected and Arranged by Roundell Palmer.
"Matilda Montgomerie" by Major (John) Richardson
The supporters are the lion and the dragon, indicating that these roundels are of the time of Queen Elizabeth.
"Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present" by John Timbs
By Mrs. Roundell, London: Bickers & Sons, 1896.
"The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2" by Edward Tyas Cook

In poetry:

There's a smile on the vine-clad shore,
A smile on the castled heights;
They dream back the days of yore,
And they smile at our roundel rites! Our roundel rites!
"The Song of the Fairies in the Ruins of Heidelberg" by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

In news:

A beautiful small samit, or compound silk twill, displays Annunciation and Nativity scenes in interlacing roundels.