One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small round or circular object; a round or circular piece of something; something formed into a small circle or ring.
2A medieval headdress resembling a turban, made of a thick circular roll of material. historical.
3Heraldry. = "roundel". Now rare.
Late Middle English. Partly from round + -let (in sense 1a probably after Anglo-Norman rondelet and Middle French rondelet (adjective) somewhat round or rounded, (noun) small round ornament; senses 1b and 1c are not paralleled in French), and partly from Middle French rondelet short rondeau or roundel.
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