- 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.