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A supporter of the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and the Commonwealth.

[From the close-cropped hair of the Puritans.]


1. (Historical Terms) English history a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil War. Compare Cavalier
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) English history a supporter of Parliament against Charles I during the Civil War. Compare Cavalier
[referring to their short-cut hair]



a Puritan supporter of Parliament during the English Civil War: so called in derision by the Cavaliers because they wore their hair cut short.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roundhead - a brachycephalic person
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.Roundhead - a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"


[ˈraʊndhed] N (Brit) (Hist) → cabeza f pelada
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No slave is permitted to bestow this enviable deformity upon his child; all the slaves, therefore, are roundheads.
dashed itself against the walls, and the whole audience was on its feet in a delirium of applause, and I thought at that moment of the night when Henry Grady stood among the curling wreaths of tobacco-smoke in Delmonico's banquet-hall and said, "I am a Cavalier among Roundheads.
Impey Barbicane was a man of forty years of age, calm, cold, austere; of a singularly serious and self-contained demeanor, punctual as a chronometer, of imperturbable temper and immovable character; by no means chivalrous, yet adventurous withal, and always bringing practical ideas to bear upon the very rashest enterprises; an essentially New Englander, a Northern colonist, a descendant of the old anti-Stuart Roundheads, and the implacable enemy of the gentlemen of the South, those ancient cavaliers of the mother country.
Liverpool was in Roundhead hands for the rest of the war.
King Charles was a captive but John Poyner, the eccentric mayor of Pembroke, suddenly switched sides to the Royalists, joined by the celebrated Roundhead warrior Major General Laugharne, who had clobbered the Cavaliers in Cardiff two years before.
That's the whole idea behind our support for this business," says Chief Roundhead.
So did the extremist sects that grew up on the Roundhead side, like the Levellers, Diggers, Quakers and the very odd Ranters who seemed to have decided that religious disputes were an ideal excuse for a punch-up, some booze and a lot of sex - a bit like today's national religion, football.
Mary wrote: "In the great civil warfare between Royalists and Roundheads the village would send many a sturdy volunteer to take part in these bloody battles.
Dozens watched as Bill Roache, better known as Weatherfield teacher Ken Barlow, recalled his days in National Service to teach the Roundheads some basic military drill.
The argument can be likened in some ways to the differences between Cavaliers and Roundheads.
Although he's yet to ask Hayley this potentially sticky question: Was she a Roundhead or a Cavalier in a previous incarnation?
The threat of discovery by their enemies, principally fanatical Roundhead Abel Corbould, (Craig Kelly), always hangs over the fugitives in the classic adventure, written in the 1840s.