Villanelle meaning

vĭl'ə-nĕl'
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.
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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.
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(poetry) A type of poetry, consisting of five tercets and one quatrain, with only two rhymes.
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Origin of villanelle

  • French from Italian villanella from feminine of villanello rustic from villano peasant from Vulgar Latin vīllānus from Latin vīlla country house weik-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From the French villanelle, from Italian villanella, from villano (“peasant"), from Latin villanus (“farmhand"), from villa (“estate"). The origin references the pastoral themes originally associated with this form.
    From Wiktionary