villanelle

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Etymology[edit]

From the French villanelle, from Italian villanella, from villano ‎(peasant), from Latin villanus ‎(farmhand), from villa ‎(estate). The origin references the pastoral themes originally associated with this form.

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villanelle ‎(plural villanelles)

  1. (poetry) A type of poem, consisting of five tercets and one quatrain, with only two rhymes.

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