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

  • n. A poem similar to a rondeau, usually having seven lines and always two rhymes, with the first line containing four syllables repeated as lines three and seven and the other lines containing eight syllables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A metric verse (form), modeled after the rondeau, in two rhymes over seven lines, the first (in four syllables) being repeated as third and refrain (final one), each other line having eight syllables

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A poem of five lines and two refrains.

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

  • n. a shorter form of rondeau


French, from Old French, diminutive of rondel, rondel; see rondel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French rondelet (Wiktionary)


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  • I just realised that WordNet's 'shorter' is referring to the poem, not the word.

    February 7, 2009