- Prosody. a short poem of fixed form, consisting usually of 14 lines on two rhymes, of which four are made up of the initial couplet repeated in the middle and at the end, with the second line of the couplet sometimes being omitted at the end.
- Theater. roundel(def 4).
Origin of rondel
Examples from the Web for rondel
What shall I weave for thee—what shall I spin— Rondel, or rondeau, or virelai?The Book of Humorous Verse
She had saved the rondel, and it had been printed in the Monthly.Beatrice Leigh at College
Julia Augusta Schwartz
Now young Rondel in this Precipice of his has done some splendid work.Fortitude
This he followed by English versions of the rondel, rondeau and villanelle.
Mr. Rondel would as soon have thought of buying a book as of paying for a stall.Prose Fancies
Richard Le Gallienne
- a rondeau consisting of three stanzas of 13 or 14 lines with a two-line refrain appearing twice or three times
- a figure in Scottish country dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
Word Origin and History for rondel
late 14c. as a type of verse, from Old French rondel "short poem," literally "small circle" (13c.), diminutive of roont (fem. roonde) "circular" (see round (adj.)). Metrical form of 14 lines with only two rhymes. So called because the initial couplet is repeated at the end.