Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poem or song with a regularly recurring refrain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poem or song having a line or phrase repeated at regular intervals.
  • n. A dance in a circle.
  • n. Anything having a round form; a roundel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See rondeau, and rondel.
  • n.
  • n. A tune in which a simple strain is often repeated; a simple rural strain which is short and lively.
  • n. A dance in a circle.
  • n. Anything having a round form; a roundel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any song in which an idea, line, or refrain is continually repeated.
  • n. Same as rondeau
  • n. A dance in a circle; a round or roundel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a song in which a line or phrase is repeated as the refrain

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration (influenced by lai, poem, song) of Old French rondelet, diminutive of rondel, roundel; see roundel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French rondelet, diminutive of Old French rondel (French: rondeau). Ending -lay either from layĀ ("ballad or sung poem"), or from virelay. (Wiktionary)

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