vir·​e·​lay ˈvir-ə-ˌlā How to pronounce virelay (audio)
: a chiefly French verse form having stanzas of indeterminate length and number, alternating long and short lines, and interlaced rhyme (such as abab bcbc cdcd dada)

Word History


Middle English, from Middle French virelai

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Virelay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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