- a masculine name: var. Rowland; equiv. It. Orlando
- a legendary hero famous for his strength, courage, and chivalrous spirit who appears in the Chanson de Roland and other stories of the Charlemagne cycle
Origin of RolandOld French ; from Old High German Hruodland ; from hruod-, fame (see Robert) + land, land
A French hero celebrated in medieval chansons de geste as the nephew of Charlemagne and defender of Christianity who was killed in battle against the Saracens at Roncesvalles.