from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
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- n. Alternative spelling of virelai.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient French song, or short poem, wholly in two rhymes, and composed in short lines, with a refrain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old French form of poem, in short lines, running on two rimes; also, a succession of stanzas on two rimes, and of indeterminate length, the rime of the last line of each becoming the rime of the first couplet in the next, thus: a, a, b, a, a, b, a, a, b; b, b, c, b, b, c, b, b, c; c, c, d, c, c, d, c, c, d; etc.
Middle English virelai, from Old French, alteration (influenced by lai, lay) of vireli, song refrain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French. (Wiktionary)