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rondeau    : [rɑnd'o]
Rondeau \Ron*deau"\, n. [F. See {Roundel}.] [Written also
1. 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
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Note: When the rondeau was called the rondel it was mostly
written in fourteen octosyllabic lines of two rhymes,
as in the rondels of Charles d'Orleans. . . . In the
17th century the approved form of the rondeau was a
structure of thirteen verses with a refrain. --Encyc.
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2. (Mus.) See {Rondo}, 1.
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n 1: a musical form that is often the last movement of a sonata
[synonym: {rondo}, {rondeau}]
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 [synonym: {rondeau}, {rondel}]

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