Definition of rondavel in US English:



South African
  • 1A traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof.

    • ‘Treatment was made more difficult by a power cut, leaving patients to be cared for in a dark rondavel on the clinic premises.’
    • ‘We used to have five rondavels, big land for cultivation and livestock, but when we were removed we lost virtually all of that.’
    • ‘Martin is justifiably proud of the quality of the construction, thatching, painting and plastering of the rondavels.’
    • ‘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.’
    small house, house, bungalow, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, shack, shanty
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    1. 1.1 A building based on the design of a rondavel, used as a guest room, storeroom, or vacation cottage.
      • ‘Accommodation ranges from rondavel huts and safari tents to family bungalows and cottages and luxury guesthouses.’
      • ‘They offer accommodation in a limited number of enclosed rest-camps, in thatched rondavels, bungalows and chalets.’
      • ‘The house has a pleasing feel to it, shaped as three attached rondavels with thatched roofs, stone walls and wooden windows, in an adaptation of the traditional indigenous thatched hut.’
      • ‘He certainly found it, and ten years ago bought his small corner of paradise and built twenty five rondavels and a restaurant and bar on a small islet opposite.’
      • ‘Many are highly individual in their design ranging from rustic tree houses, to grass roofed rondavels or elaborate tents set under permanent thatched canopies.’


From Afrikaans rondawel.