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Etymology

From Middle French rondelet (diminutif of Old French rondel, French: rondelle)

Noun

Singular
roundel

Plural
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  1. Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle.
  2. (music) A roundelay or rondelay.
    Quotations
    • 1595: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song ... Fairies sing. — William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act II, Scene II, line 1.
    • ????: Sung all the roundel lustily. — Chaucer?
  3. (armor) A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
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  1. (heraldry): A circular spot; a charge in the form of a small coloured circle.
  2. (Fortification) A bastion of a circular form.
  3. (aircraft) a circular insignia painted on an aircraft to identify its nationality or service.

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