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roundel

[roun-dl] /ˈraʊn dl/
noun
1.
something round or circular.
2.
a small, round pane or window.
3.
a decorative plate, panel, tablet, or the like, round in form.
4.
Also, rondel. Theater. a round piece of colored gelatin or glass placed over stage lights as a color medium to obtain lighting effects.
5.
Armor.
  1. a metal disk that protects the armpit.
  2. a metal disk on a hafted weapon or a dagger to protect the hand.
6.
Heraldry. a small circular charge.
7.
Prosody.
  1. a rondel or rondeau.
  2. a modification of the rondeau, consisting of nine lines with two refrains.
8.
a round dance.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English roundele, rundel(le) < Old French rondel, derivative of rond round1 (adj.)
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Examples from the web for roundel
  • Below a blind roundel in the attic, a round-headed window rose almost two full stories above the pedimented entrance.
  • Fenestration of the tower is completed with a roundel, containing spoke tracery, above the triple window.
British Dictionary definitions for roundel

roundel

/ˈraʊndəl/
noun
1.
a form of rondeau consisting of three stanzas each of three lines with a refrain after the first and the third
2.
a circular identifying mark in national colours on military aircraft
3.
a small ornamental circular window, panel, medallion, plate, disc, etc
4.
a round plate of armour used to protect the armpit
5.
(heraldry) a charge in the shape of a circle
6.
another word for roundelay (sense 1)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French rondel a little circle; see rondel
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Word Origin and History for roundel
n.

late 13c., "a circle," from Old French rondel "round dance; dance lyric; roundel," from rond "round" (see round (n.)).

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