Definition of rondel in English:


Line breaks: ron¦del
Pronunciation: /ˈrɒnd(ə)l


  • A rondeau, especially one of three stanzas of thirteen or fourteen lines with a two line refrain.
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    • We are still writing sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, even pantoums and triolets, ballades and rondels, as well as inventing ‘nonce’ forms to suit our uses.
    • Does it matter whether one writes villanelles, rondels, sestinas or kyrielles?
    • Like all the poems in the cycle, it is cast as a rondel, with an ironic (here italicised) refrain.


Middle English: from Old French, from rond 'round'; compare with roundel.

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