Definition of rondeau in English:

rondeau

Syllabification: ron·deau
Pronunciation: /ˈrändō, ränˈdō
 
/

noun (plural rondeaux /-dōz, ˈdōz/)

A thirteen-line poem, divided into three stanzas of 5, 3, and 5 lines, with only two rhymes throughout and with the opening words of the first line used as a refrain at the end of the second and third stanzas.
More example sentences
  • Their fourth exercise/poem was their choice of a form using repetition or refrain: a villanelle, rondeaux, traditional ghazal, glosa, sestina or pantoum.
  • The refrain of his rondeau is ‘drop the saxophone, Danton, and get on with the show.’
  • It may be that the most difficult poetic form isn't the sestina or the rondeau redoublé but a modernist, free-verse form commonly known as the ‘skinny’ poem: three-, two-, and often one-word lines expose the poet's every gesture.

Origin

early 16th century: French, later form of rondel (see rondel).

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