The most famous of Charlemagne's paladins, hero of the Chanson de Roland (12th century). He is said to have become a friend of Oliver, another paladin, after engaging him in single combat in which neither won. Roland was killed at the Battle of Roncesvalles.
- a Roland for an Oliver
An effective or adequate retort or response.
- ‘he had given Mrs Carr a Roland for her Oliver’