Roundel Roun"del, n. [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}.] 1. (Mus.) A rondelay. ``Sung all the roundel lustily.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Come, now a roundel and a fairy song. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle. [1913 Webster]

The Spaniards, casting themselves into roundels, . . . made a flying march to Calais. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] Specifically: (a) A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. (b) (Her.) A circular spot; a sharge in the form of a small circle. (c) (Fort.) A bastion of a circular form. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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