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A poem or song with a regularly recurring refrain.

[Middle English, alteration (influenced by lai, poem, song) of Old French rondelet, diminutive of rondel, roundel; see roundel.]
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1. (Dancing) Also called: roundel a slow medieval dance performed in a circle
2. (Classical Music) a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as a refrain
[C16: from Old French rondelet a little rondel, from rondel; also influenced by lay4]
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(ˈraʊn dlˌeɪ)

a song in which a phrase, line, or the like, is continually repeated.
[1565–75; alter. of Middle French rondelet]
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Noun1.roundelay - a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as the refrain
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
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[ˈraʊndɪleɪ] N (= song) → canción f que se canta en rueda; (= dance) → baile m en círculo
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n (Mus) → Lied ntmit Refrain
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The youngster was clothed in scarlet red In scarlet fine and gay; And he did frisk it o'er the plain, And chanted a roundelay.
To see you come tripping along decked out in all your gay plumage and trolling forth a roundelay, one would think you had not a care in all the world.
There came three merry men from south, west, and north, Ever more sing the roundelay; To win the Widow of Wycombe forth, And where was the widow might say them nay?
The first was a knight, and from Tynedale he came, Ever more sing the roundelay; And his fathers, God save us, were men of great faine, And where was the widow might say him nay?
Of his father the laird, of his uncle the squire, He boasted in rhyme and in roundelay; She bade him go bask by his sea-coal fire, For she was the widow would say him nay.
The next that came forth, swore by blood and by nails, Merrily sing the roundelay; Hur's a gentleman, God wot, and hur's lineage was of Wales, And where wall the widow might say him nay?
Sir David ap Morgan ap Griffith ap Hugh Ap Tudor ap Rhice, quoth his roundelay She said that one widow for so many was too few, And she bade the Welshman wend his way.
But then next came a yeoman, a yeoman of Kent, Jollily singing his roundelay; He spoke to the widow of living and rent, And where was the widow could say him nay?
So the knight and the squire were both left in the mire, There for to sing their roundelay; For a yeoman of Kent, with his yearly rent, There never was a widow could say him nay.
Sing now yourselves the song, the name of which is "Once more," the signification of which is "Unto all eternity!"--sing, ye higher men, Zarathustra's roundelay!
To feast the rosy hours away, To revel in a roundelay! How blest would be A life so free Ipwergis-Pudding to consume, And drink the subtle Azzigoom!
The April wind was filling the pine trees with its roundelay, and the grove was alive with robins -- great, plump, saucy fellows, strutting along the paths.