Definition of Roland in English:


proper noun

  • The most famous of Charlemagne's paladins, hero of the Chanson de Roland (12th century). He is said to have become a friend of Oliver, another paladin, after engaging him in single combat in which neither won. Roland was killed at the Battle of Roncesvalles.


  • a Roland for an Oliver

    • archaic An effective or adequate retort or response.

      ‘he had given Mrs Carr a Roland for her Oliver’
      revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, getting even, redress, repayment, payback
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