virelai

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French virelai, alteration (after lai) of vireli.

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Noun[edit]

virelai (plural virelais)

  1. (historical) A medieval poetic form consisting of two or more three line units in each stanza, in the form aabaab... and continuing on in that pattern.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.x:
      Now making layes of loue and louers paine, / Bransles, Ballads, virelayes, and verses vaine [...].

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

virelai m (plural virelais)

  1. virelai

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

virelai m (plural virelais)

  1. virelai

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

virelai m (oblique plural virelais, nominative singular virelais, nominative plural virelai)

  1. virelai

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