rondel

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From Middle English, from Old French, a diminutive of ronde, the feminine of ront (circular), probably originally *redond, from Latin rotundus (like a wheel, circular, round)., related to rota (wheel).

Noun[edit]

rondel (plural rondels)

  1. A metric form of verse using two rhymes, usually fourteen 8- to 10-syllable lines in three stanzas, with the first lines of the first stanza returning as refrain of the next two.
  2. A poem in the above form.
  3. The verse form rondeau.
  4. A poem in the above rondeau form.
  5. A rondelle, (small) circular object.
  6. A long thin medieval dagger with a circular guard and a circular pommel (hence the name).
  7. A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.

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Noun[edit]

rondel m (oblique plural rondeaus or rondeax or rondiaus or rondiax or rondels, nominative singular rondeaus or rondeax or rondiaus or rondiax or rondels, nominative plural rondel)

  1. circular or round object
  2. rondel; type of poem

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