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roundelay

[roun-dl-ey] /ˈraʊn dlˌeɪ/
noun
1.
a song in which a phrase, line, or the like, is continually repeated.
2.
the music for such a song.
3.
a dance in a circle; round dance.
Origin of roundelay
1565-1575
1565-75; alteration (influenced by lay4) of Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel roundel
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roundelay

/ˈraʊndɪˌleɪ/
noun
1.
Also called roundel. a slow medieval dance performed in a circle
2.
a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as a refrain
Word Origin
C16: from Old French rondelet a little rondel, from rondel; also influenced by lay4
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Word Origin and History for roundelay
n.

1570s, from Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel "short poem with a refrain," literally "small circle," diminutive of Old French rond "circle, sphere," originally an adjective from roont (see round (adj.)). Spelling developed by association with lay (n.) "poem to be sung."

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