roundelay definition by Webster's New World
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- a simple song in which some phrase, line, etc. is continually repeated
- music for such a song
- a dance in a circle; roundel
Origin: Middle French rondelet, diminutive of rondel: see roundel
roundelay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A poem or song with a regularly recurring refrain.
Origin: Middle English, alteration (influenced by lai, poem, song) of Old French rondelet, diminutive of rondel, roundel; see roundel.