any of various French verse forms, popular in the 14th and 15th cent., with only two rhymes per stanza, and a refrain
Origin of virelayMiddle English vyrelaye ; from Middle French virelai, probably altered by associated, association with lai (see lay) ; from Old French virli, vireli, jingle used as the refrain of a song
nounpl. vir·e·lays or vir·e·lais
Any of several medieval French verse and song forms, especially one in which each stanza has two rhymes, the end rhyme recurring as the first rhyme of the following stanza.
Origin of virelayMiddle English virelai, from Old French, alteration (influenced by lai, lay) of vireli, song refrain.