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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”).
rondel (plural rondels)
- 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.
- A poem in the above form.
- The verse form rondeau.
- A poem in the above rondeau form.
- A rondelle, (small) circular object.
- A long thin medieval dagger with a circular guard and a circular pommel (hence the name).
- A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.
- Dutch: rondeel n
rondeau — see rondeau