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


ring-a-ring o’ roses

BrE BrE//ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈrəʊzɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrɪŋ ə rɪŋ ə ˈroʊzɪz//
(British English) (North American English ring around the rosy
; 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.