rondeau

play
noun ron·deau \ˈrän-(ˌ)dō, rän-ˈdō\

Definition of rondeau

plural

rondeaux

play \-(ˌ)dōz, -ˈdōz\
  1. 1 a :  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. 2 :  a monophonic trouvère song with a 2-part refrain

Origin and Etymology of rondeau

Middle French rondel, rondeau


First Known Use: 1525


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