ron·​del ˈrän-dᵊl How to pronounce rondel (audio)
variants or rondelle
usually rondelle : a circular object
especially : a circular jewel or jeweled ring
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
: a poem in this form

Examples of rondel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the showstoppers are the windows: high, arched, and set with leaded glass that includes rondels of colorful scenes (a white castle under attack by griffins, a golden lion wearing a tiny golden crown). Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 19 Jan. 2023 Some store fronts are embellished with elaborate sculptures, like a rondel depicting a pair of women exchanging scandalous gossip. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Testifying to flexible convictions, the Morgan show includes a rondel painting by Holbein, circa 1532, of Erasmus’s thin-faced, pointy-nosed mien, and also a small portrayal, circa 1535, of Luther’s most efficacious disciple, Philipp Melanchthon. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Crown of Emara features a meaty double rondel that sprawls across two central boards. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2018 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, 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, 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,, 3 May 2017 See More

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Word History


Middle English rondel, roundel — more at roundel

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rondel was in the 14th century

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“Rondel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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