Meaning of rondeau in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɒndəʊ/

nounplural noun rondeaux/ˈrɒndəʊ/ /ˈrɒndəʊz/

  • A poem of ten or thirteen lines with only two rhymes throughout and with the opening words used twice as a refrain.

    ‘Their fourth exercise/poem was their choice of a form using repetition or refrain: a villanelle, rondeaux, traditional ghazal, glosa, sestina or pantoum.’
    • ‘The refrain of his rondeau is ‘drop the saxophone, Danton, and get on with the show.’’
    • ‘It may be that the most difficult poetic form isn't the sestina or the rondeau redoublé but a modernist, free-verse form commonly known as the ‘skinny’ poem: three-, two-, and often one-word lines expose the poet's every gesture.’


Early 16th century French, later form of rondel (see rondel).