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[ron-dl, ron-del]
  1. 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.
  2. Theater. roundel(def 4).
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Origin of rondel

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French rondel, diminutive of rond round1
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    Hugh Walpole

  • 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.

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    Richard Le Gallienne

British Dictionary definitions for rondel


  1. a rondeau consisting of three stanzas of 13 or 14 lines with a two-line refrain appearing twice or three times
  2. a figure in Scottish country dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, literally: a little circle, from rond round
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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.

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