• WordNet 3.6
    • n rondeau a French verse form of 10 or 13 lines running on two rhymes; the opening phrase is repeated as the refrain of the second and third stanzas
    • n rondeau a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rondeau A species of lyric poetry so composed as to contain a refrain or repetition which recurs according to a fixed law, and a limited number of rhymes recurring also by rule.
    • Rondeau (Mus) See Rondo, 1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rondeau A poem in a fixed form, borrowed from the French, and consisting either of thirteen lines on two rimes with an unriming refrain, or of ten lines on two rimes with an unriming refrain. It may be written in octosyllabic or decasyllabic measure. The refrain is usually a repetition of the first three or four words, sometimes of the first word only. The order of rimes in the thirteen-line rondeau, known technically as the “rondeau of Voiture” (that is, Vincent Voiture, 1598-1648), is a, a, b, b, a; a, a, b (and refrain); a, a, b, b, a (and refrain); that of the ten-line rondeau, known technically as the “rondeau of Villon” (that is, François Villon, 1431-1461 ?), is a, b, b, a; a, b (and refrain); a, b, b, a (and refrain). These are the strict rules; but, as in the case of the sonnet, both in France and England, they are not always observed. There is also a form called the rondeau redoublé. It consists of six quatrains, a, b, a, b, on two rimes. The first four lines form in succession the last lines of the second, third, fourth, and fifth quatrains. At the end of the final quatrain, the first words of the poem are added as an unriming and independent refrain. Sometimes the final quatrain is styled the envoi or envoy.
    • n rondeau In music. See rondo.
    • n rondeau A game in which nine small balls are placed in front of a stick and propelled diagonally across a billiard-table. At least one ball must fall into the corner pocket and at least one must remain on the table. The players bet on whether the number will be odd or even, the bank taking ten per cent. of all the wagers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rondeau ron′dō a form of poem characterised by closely-knit rhymes and a refrain, and, as defined in the 17th century, consisting of thirteen lines, divided into three unequal strophes—the two or three first words of the first line serving as the burden, recurring after the eighth and thirteenth lines—brought into vogue by Swinburne:
    • n Rondeau ron′dō (mus.) a rondo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Roundel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from rond, round.


In literature:

In this Rondeau a la Mazur the individuality of Chopin and with it his nationality begin to reveal themselves unmistakably.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
Now let's play this rondeau of Marais.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
In this Rondeau once again suffered defeat at the hands of the Gauchos.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
You bid me try, Blue-eyes, to write A Rondeau.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Ballade, rondeau, chanson, each is manipulated with the skill of a goldsmith setting his gems.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
Mrs. Rondeau was sitting in her lower room, sewing by the light of a weaver's oil-lamp which hung from a string fastened to the mantel-piece.
"Miss Grantley's Girls" by Thomas Archer
This he followed by English versions of the rondel, rondeau and villanelle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Baude had a peculiar mastery of the rondeau form.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
I wrote a rondeau this morning on the pier.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Lady Rondeau's portrait of the empress shows her to the best advantage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

Let me be a rondeau
With a sweet refrain,
Or an aliquando
Sonnet to the rain;
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Not here the grace of the sonnet's flow,
The blithe ballade and the smooth rondeau,
The minstrel's tale and the wooer's sighs,
And the lovelorn lay to a layde's eyes . . .
"The Builders" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Paul Rondeau Vail, CO, Colorado.
However, a chant poem is a little more methodical than a triolet or rondeau.
Blue Mountain Lake, NY, Mar 01, 2011 — Andy Flynn's "Adirondack Attic" series continues with the story of a 1959 radio interview with Noah John Rondeau - the Hermit of Cold River.
Flora Lou Walters Rondeau left this world on August 24th, 2012.
Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, George R Rondeau .
The Wilmington Historical Society will present a slideshow program, "The Wilderness Life of Noah John Rondeau , Adirondack Hermit" with author William J O'Hern as the speaker, at 7 pm Friday, July 27 at the Wilmington Community Center.
Pascal Rondeau/Getty ImagesAyrton Senna was a champion and worldwide star before his untimely death in a race crash in 1994.
Bob Rondeau on the Gasman's Finale.
11/29 at 4 pm Raymond Rondeau, 41, of Pompano, Fla. Was arrested on State Road by Detective David Beauregard on a charge of acquiring drugs by deception.
Flora Lou Walters Rondeau left this world on August 24th, 2012.
Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, George R Rondeau.
Christopher Rondeau was supposed to spend 42 months in federal prison for embezzling from the bank where he worked.
Ryan Fonseca Century 21 Rondeau.
In a rondeau, heat the oil, brown shanks , and remove.