ron·​deau ˈrän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce rondeau (audio)
plural rondeaux ˈrän-(ˌ)dōz How to pronounce rondeau (audio)
: 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
: a poem in this form
: a monophonic trouvère song with a 2-part refrain

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Middle French rondel, rondeau

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rondeau was in 1525

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“Rondeau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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