Definition of rondel in English:

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rondel

Pronunciation: /ˈrɒnd(ə)l/

noun

A rondeau, especially one of three stanzas of thirteen or fourteen lines with a two line refrain.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with rondel

fondle

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ron¦del

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