- a short, lyrical poem of usually fifteen lines (three stanzas), with only two rhymes and with an unrhymed refrain at the end of the second and third stanzas
- a medieval French monophonic or polyphonic song with many repetitions of two themes or phrases
Origin of rondeauFr, earlier rondel ; from rond, round
- A lyrical poem of French origin having 13 or sometimes 10 lines with two rhymes throughout and with the opening phrase repeated twice as a refrain.
- A medieval French song, either monophonic, as in the songs of the trouvères, or polyphonic in construction.
Origin of rondeauFrench, alteration of Old French rondel; see rondel.
(plural rondeaux or rondeaus)
From French rondeau.