[ron-dl-et, ron-dl-et]


a short poem of fixed form, consisting of five lines on two rhymes, and having the opening words or word used after the second and fifth lines as an unrhymed refrain.

Nearby words

  1. rond de jambe,
  2. rondavel,
  3. ronde,
  4. rondeau,
  5. rondel,
  6. rondelle,
  7. rondo,
  8. rondure,
  9. rondônia,
  10. rone

Origin of rondelet

1565–75; < Middle French, diminutive of rondel rondel; see -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rondelet



a brief rondeau, having five or seven lines and a refrain taken from the first line

Word Origin for rondelet

C16: from Old French: a little rondel

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