virelay

noun
vir·​e·​lay | \ ˈvir-ə-ˌlā How to pronounce virelay (audio) \

Definition of virelay

: 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)

First Known Use of virelay

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virelay

Middle English, from Middle French virelai

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“Virelay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virelay. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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