from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A French hero celebrated in medieval chansons de geste as the nephew of Charlemagne and defender of Christianity who was killed in battle against the Saracens at Roncesvalles in A.D. 778.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name.


From Proto-Germanic *Hrōþilandan (“fame-land”). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance. (Wiktionary)



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