ron·​do ˈrän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce rondo (audio)
plural rondos
: an instrumental composition typically with a refrain recurring four times in the tonic and with three couplets in contrasting keys
: the musical form of a rondo used especially for a movement in a concerto or sonata

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Slice of double pepperoni: $4. Pepperoni rondos: $3. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 24 May 2023 Although Pato has returned to those training sessions, he’s missed out on months of intangible team growth — bus and plane rides plus morning rondo sessions during warmups. Julia Poe,, 18 Oct. 2021 By the end, Mozart’s rondo has found its way to major-key joy, and the girls have, too, sitting arm in arm as their father sprays himself in the face with a hose. David Allen, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2022 Three solo pieces for Bezuidenhout punctuated the program, these being the Mozart rondo and two movements from Schubert piano sonatas. Globe Staff,, 7 Nov. 2022 Come sip its creations including kernling and riesling, rondo, and zweigelt and hybrids including siberia and muscat odesski. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2022 Scratchy overplaying marred the second movement rondo. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 13 June 2021 The first movement has the sound of a Russian folk song, but following a flowing second movement, the rondo finale is a burst of Spanish color, complete with castanets. Patrick Neas, kansascity, 17 Feb. 2018 The fifth and final movement came across as a mercurial rondo that shifts from stretches of harmonically raw vehemence to subdued yet swinging passages that Mr. Bell, backed by Mr. Gilbert and the orchestra, played with an eerily spectral quality. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History


Italian rondò, from Middle French rondeau

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rondo was in 1786

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“Rondo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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