One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rondeau, especially one of three stanzas of thirteen or fourteen lines, with the first two lines of the opening quatrain recurring at the end of the second quatrain and the concluding sestet.
- ‘We are still writing sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, even pantoums and triolets, ballades and rondels, as well as inventing ‘nonce’ forms to suit our uses.’
- ‘Does it matter whether one writes villanelles, rondels, sestinas or kyrielles?’
- ‘Like all the poems in the cycle, it is cast as a rondel, with an ironic (here italicised) refrain.’
2A circular object.‘at the point where these paths join there is a rondel with a fountain’
- ‘In those cases, any visible rank, name tag and the Air Force rondel on the aircraft are removed using photo software.’
Middle English: from Old French, from rond ‘round’; compare with roundel.
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