ETYM For ragman roll. Related to Ragman's roll.
1. A long and complicated and confusing procedure; SYN. rigamarole.
2. A set of confused and meaningless statements; SYN. rigamarole.
ETYM Old Eng. romance, romant, romaunt, Old Fren. romanz, romans, romant, roman, French roman, romance, from Late Lat. Romanice in the Roman language, in the vulgar tongue, i.e., in the vulgar language which sprang from Latin.
A novel dealing with idealized events remote from everyday life.
1. The process of rotting.