a poem of fixed form, French in origin, consisting usually of five three-line stanzas and a final four-line stanza and having only two rhymes throughout
Origin of villanelleFrench ; from Italian villanella: see villanella
A 19-line poem of fixed form consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain on two rhymes, with the first and third lines of the first tercet repeated alternately as a refrain closing the succeeding stanzas and joined as the final couplet of the quatrain.
Origin of villanelleFrench, from Italian villanella, from feminine of villanello, rustic, from villano, peasant, from Vulgar Latin *vīllānus, from Latin vīlla, country house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
Variant of villanella
- an old rustic Italian song and accompanying dance
- a Neapolitan 16th-cent. part song, lighter and more lively than the madrigal, which it often parodied
Origin of villanellaItalian feminine diminutive of villano ; from Vulgar Latin villanus: see villain