Definition of ring-around-the-rosy in English:

ring-around-the-rosy

noun

  • A singing game played by children, in which the players hold hands and dance in a circle, falling down at the end of the song.

    • ‘"Let’s play ring-around-a-rosy!" she declared.’
    • ‘Come on, we're all going to play ring a ring o' roses now.’
    • ‘Kindergarten kids form a circle and sing "Ring a Ring O' Roses".’

Origin

Said to refer to the inflamed (“rose-colored”) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.

Pronunciation

ring-around-the-rosy

/riNGəˌroundT͟Həˈrōzē/