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Middle-English Word of the Day - February 28, 2008

Roundel (n.) - a kind of ballad.

Whan that arcite hadde romed al his fille,
And songen al the roundel lustily,
Into a studie he fil sodeynly,
As doon thise loveres in hir queynte geres,
Now in the crope, now doun in the breres,
Now up, now doun, as boket in a welle.

- Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury tales (1387-1394)

Pronunciation: /rundEl/

/r/ r in red
/u/ oo in boot
/n/ n in no
/d/ d in dog
/E/ e in met
/l/ l in lily

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
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The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
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