AskDefine | Define rondeau

Dictionary Definition



1 a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata [syn: rondo]
2 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 [syn: rondel] [also: rondeaux (pl)]

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  1. A fixed form of verse based on two rhyme sounds and consisting usually of 13 lines in three stanzas with the opening words of the first line of the first stanza used as an independent refrain after the second and third stanzas.
  2. A monophonic song with a 2-part refrain.

Extensive Definition

Rondeau may mean:
rondeau in Belarusian: Рандо
rondeau in German: Rondeau
rondeau in Spanish: Rondeau (desambiguación)
rondeau in French: Rondeau
rondeau in Polish: Rondo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canon, canso, catch, chanson, clerihew, dirge, dithyramb, eclogue, elegy, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, fugato, fugue, georgic, ghazel, haiku, idyll, jingle, limerick, lyric, madrigal, monody, narrative poem, nursery rhyme, ode, palinode, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, poem, prothalamium, rhyme, rondel, rondelet, rondino, rondo, rondoletto, round, roundel, roundelay, satire, sestina, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, tanka, tenso, tenzone, threnody, triolet, troll, troubadour poem, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay
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