ron·​deau | \ ˈrän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce rondeau (audio) , rän-ˈdō \
plural rondeaux\ ˈrän-​(ˌ)dōz How to pronounce rondeau (audio) , rän-​ˈdōz \

Definition of rondeau

1a : a fixed form of verse based on two rhyme sounds and consisting usually of 13 lines in three stanzas with the opening words of the first line of the first stanza used as an independent refrain after the second and third stanzas
b : a poem in this form
2 : a monophonic trouvère song with a 2-part refrain

Examples of rondeau in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add to large rondeau with water, add salt, mirepoix, wine and bring to simmer for 20 min. CBS News, 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rondeau

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rondeau

Middle French rondel, rondeau

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“Rondeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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