Rondeau meaning

rŏn'dō, rŏn-dō'
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.
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A medieval French song, either monophonic, as in the songs of the trouvères, or polyphonic in construction.
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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.
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A fixed form of verse based on two rhyme sounds and consisting usually of 13 lines in three stanzas with the opening words of the first line of the first stanza used as an independent refrain after the second and third stanzas.
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A monophonic song with a 2-part refrain.
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Origin of rondeau

  • French alteration of Old French rondel rondel
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French rondeau.
    From Wiktionary