Definition of rondavel in English:

rondavel

noun

South African
  • A traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof.

    • ‘We used to have five rondavels, big land for cultivation and livestock, but when we were removed we lost virtually all of that.’
    • ‘Treatment was made more difficult by a power cut, leaving patients to be cared for in a dark rondavel on the clinic premises.’
    • ‘Upon hearing the shots, the man said he ran from his rondavel and managed to apprehend one of the fleeing suspects, whom he recognised as a relative of Mama who had recently been fired.’
    • ‘Martin is justifiably proud of the quality of the construction, thatching, painting and plastering of the rondavels.’
    small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty
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Origin

From Afrikaans rondawel.

Pronunciation

rondavel

/rɒnˈdɑːv(ə)l/