Meaning of ring-a-ring o' roses in English:

ring-a-ring o' roses


mass 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.

    ‘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".’
    • ‘"Let’s play ring-around-a-rosy!" she declared.’


Said to refer to the inflamed (‘rose-coloured’) ring of buboes, symptomatic of the plague; the final part of the game is symbolic of death.