Roun"del (?), n. [OF. rondel a roundelay, F. rondel, rondeau, a dim. fr. rond; for sense 2, cf. F. rondelle a round, a round shield. See Round, a., and cf. Rondel, Rondelay.]

1. Mus.

A rondelay.

"Sung all the roundel lustily."


Come, now a roundel and a fairy song. Shak.


Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle.

The Spaniards, casting themselves into roundels, . . . made a flying march to Calais. Bacon.

Specifically: (a)

A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries

. (b) Her.

A circular spot; a sharge in the form of a small circle

. (c) Fort.

A bastion of a circular form



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