roundhead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Roundhead a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
    • n roundhead a brachycephalic person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Roundhead (Eng. Hist) A nickname for a Puritan. See Roundheads the, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Roundhead In English history, a member of the Parliamentarian or Puritan party during the civil war: so called opprobriously by the Royalists or Cavaliers, in allusion to the Puritans' custom of wearing their hair closely cut, while the Cavaliers usually wore theirs in long ringlets. The Roundheads were one of the two great parties in English politics first formed about 1641, and continued under the succeeding names of Whigs and Liberals, as opposed to the Cavaliers, Tories, and Conservatives respectively.
    • n Roundhead [lowercase] plural Same as brachycephali.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Roundhead a Puritan, so called in the time of Charles I. from the Puritan fashion of having the hair cut close to the head
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roond (Fr. rond)—L. rotundusrota, a wheel.

Usage

In literature:

The University is for the King, the townsmen (had they their way) are Roundheads to a man.
"Oxford" by Frederick Douglas How
Nobody cares to-day whether his ancestor was Cavalier or Roundhead.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
Among the Roundheads adversity had begun to produce dissension and discontent.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
The victory of the Roundheads was complete and decisive.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
I am no rascally Roundhead.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Thus the successors of the old Cavaliers had turned demagogues; the successors of the old Roundheads had turned courtiers.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Why, the very trees are manufactured into Roundheads.
"The Buccaneer" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
It was a Scots army sold Charles I to the Roundheads, and it would have been mair decent to have beheaded him at Edinburgh.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
Roundheads and Cavaliers have been dead these two centuries.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Where was the man, Roundhead or Puritan, who as an amateur would have mounted the scaffold to perform this office?
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
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In poetry:

Do you frown, Sir Richard, above your ruff,
In the Holbein yonder? My deed ensures you!
For the flame like a fencer shall give rebuff
To your blades that blunder, you Roundhead boors, you!
"Two Moods Of Failure" by Helen Gray Cone
O, what do you seek, "Carolina" and "Albemarle",
Now the Stuarts are up and the Roundheads are down?
We'll seek and we'll find, to the South of Virginia,
A site by two rivers and name it Charles Town.
"Southern Ships And Settlers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
There's lines from John Milton the chamber all gilt on,
And pictures beneath them that's shaped like a bow;
I was greatly astounded to think that that Roundhead
Should find an admission to famed Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

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