ron·​del | \ˈrän-dᵊl, rän-ˈdel\
variants: or rondelle \rän-​ˈdel \

Definition of rondel 

1 usually rondelle : a circular object especially : a circular jewel or jeweled ring

2a usually rondel : a fixed form of verse based on two rhyme sounds and consisting usually of 14 lines in three stanzas in which the first two lines of the first stanza are repeated as the refrain of the second and third stanzas

b : a poem in this form

c : rondeau sense 1

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In addition to the pistol dog, the dig team also found pieces of Spanish armor and a rondel dagger, popular in Europe in the late Middle Ages. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A 500-Year-Old Spanish Pistol Part Was Discovered in Colorado," 13 Mar. 2018 The team has also found Spanish armor parts and other artifacts, including a rondel dagger popular in Europe in the late Middle Ages, at the site. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Pistol Part Could Shed Light on Colorado’s Spanish Colonial Past," 9 Mar. 2018 The Asian rondel is a coffee table top that originally belonged to Jen’s grandmother but had become too fragile to stand on its own. Star-telegram,, "From tired house to midcentury modern dream home," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of rondel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rondel

Middle English rondel, roundel — more at roundel

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