Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A rounded or circular object.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A poem in a fixed form, borrowed from the French, and consisting of thirteen lines on two rimes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fort.), obsolete A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.
  • noun Same as Rondeau.
  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A poem in the above form.
  • noun The verse form rondeau.
  • noun A poem in the above rondeau form.
  • noun A rondelle, (small) circular object.
  • noun A long thin medieval dagger with a circular guard and a circular pommel (hence the name).
  • noun A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.

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

  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of ronde, circle, round; see round.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

  • 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 Red Queen

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • 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.

    Shrine of the Dorset Martyrs

  • 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.

    7,000 Year Old Female Icon Discovered

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • 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.

    Finnegans Wake

  •     As some mule in a glutinous sludge her rondel of iron.

    Poems and Fragments

  •     As some mule in a glutinous sludge her rondel of iron.

    Poems and Fragments

  • 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.

    Cities of the Plain: Volume III of the Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy

  • 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.

    Ulysses

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