Definition of ring-a-ring o’ roses noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ring-a-ring o’ roses

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈrəʊzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈroʊzɪz//
 
(British English)(North American English ring around the rosy
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
)
[uncountable] Children's games
 
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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 See related entries: Children's games Word Originsaid to refer to the inflamed (“rose-coloured”) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.