American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A poem similar to a rondeau, having 13 or 14 lines with two rhymes throughout. The first and second lines reappear in the middle and at the end, although sometimes only the first line appears at the end.
- n. A rounded or circular object.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poem in a fixed form, borrowed from the French, and consisting of thirteen lines on two rimes. It may be written in octosyllabic or decasyllabic measure. The first line is repeated at the close, and the first two lines are repeated as the seventh and eighth lines. Thus, the whole poem, like the rondeau (which see), falls into three divisions or stanzas—two of four, and one of five—arranged as follows: a, b, b, a; a, b, a, b; a, b, b, a, a. It is permissible to repeat the first couplet at the close, making the last division a, b, b, a, a, b, and fourteen lines in all. Rondels in English were written by Charles of Orleans, Chaucer, Occleve, Lydgate, and others.
- n. A metric form of verse using two rhymes, usually fourteen 8- to 10-syllable lines in three stanzas, with the first lines of the first stanza returning as refrain of the next two.
- n. A poem in the above form.
- n. The verse form rondeau.
- n. A poem in the above rondeau form.
- n. A rondelle, (small) circular object.
- n. A long thin medieval dagger with a circular guard and a circular pommel (hence the name).
- n. A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Fort.), obsolete A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.
- n. Same as Rondeau.
- n. Specifically, a particular form of rondeau containing fourteen lines in two rhymes, the refrain being a repetition of the first and second lines as the seventh and eighth, and again as the thirteenth and fourteenth.
- n. a French verse form of 10 or 13 lines running on two rhymes; the opening phrase is repeated as the refrain of the second and third stanzas
- From Middle English, from Old French, a diminutive of ronde, the feminine of ront ("circular"), probably originally *redond, from Latin rotundus ("like a wheel, circular, round")., related to rota ("wheel"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of ronde, circle, round; see round1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I look up at the sky, and I see the strangest and most ominous sight: the sun is being devoured by a large, dark rondel, like a plate being passed before a candle.”
“The external entrance focuses on a classic rondel in painted terracotta complete with a statue of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs surrounded by her seven sorrows.”
“Among other rarities from the locality is the "Masovice rondel," of which a double circular ditch with a 110 metres in diameter has been preserved.”
“ As some mule in a glutinous sludge her rondel of iron.”
“Aminxt that nombre of evelings, but how pierceful in their so-jestiveness were those first girly stirs, with zitterings of flight re — leased and twinglings of twitchbells in rondel after, with waver — ings that made shimmershake rather naightily all the duskcended airs and shylit beaconings from shehind hims back.”
“For that matter, there's an odd section on page 104 where I ran into four English words that were all completely new to me - like replevined, rondel, misset and waddy.”
“Because in middle youth he had often sat observing through a rondel of bossed glass of a multicoloured pane the spectacle offered with continual changes of the thoroughfare without, pedestrians, quadrupeds, velocipedes, vehicles, passing slowly, quickly, evenly, round and round and round the rim of a round and round precipitous globe.”
“While at Dikman's apartment during the 1983 trip to Munich, Hopps and Petsopoulos notice a mosaic rondel, which the latter subsequently identifies as from the Church of the Panagía Kanakariá at Lythrankomí.”
“During their 1983 trip to Dikman's apartment in Munich, Hopps and Petsopoulos had noticed a mosaic rondel that the latter subsequently identified as coming from the Church of the Panagía Kanakariá at Lythrankomí.”
“Van Rijn's first effort yielded the mosaic rondel of St. Thaddeus from Kanakariá, which he brought to the Cypriot consulate in The Hague on September 5.”
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