different between roundelay vs rondel



Alternative forms

  • rondelay


From Middle French rondelet, diminutive of Old French rondel (French: rondeau). Ending -lay either from lay (ballad or sung poem), or from virelay.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /??a?nd??le?/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /??a?nd??le?/


roundelay (plural roundelays)

  1. (music) A poem or song having a line or phrase repeated at regular intervals.
    • 1579, Edmund Spenser, Perigot and Willie's Roundelay published in The Shepheardes Calender, republished in 1907, William Stanley Braithwaite, ed., The Book of Elizabethan Verse.
      It fell upon a holly eve,
      Hey ho, hollidaye!
      When holly fathers wont to shrieve,
      Now gynneth this roundelay.
    • 1830, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Song - The Owl published in Poems, Chiefly Lyrical
      When merry milkmaids click the latch
      And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
      And the cock hath sung beneath the thatch
      Twice or thrice his roundelay,
      Twice or thrice his roundelay;
      Alone and warming his five wits,
      The white owl in the belfry sits.
    • 1871, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King: The Last Tournament published in Contemporary Review
      "Ay, fool," said Tristram, "but 'tis eating dry
      To dance without a catch, a roundelay
      To dance to." Then he twangled on his harp,
      And while he twangled little Dagonet stood
      Quiet as any water-sodden log
      Stay'd in the wandering warble of a brook;...
    • 1903, Howard Pyle, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Part II, Chapter First, page 61.
      For then the little birds do sing their sweetest song, all joining in one joyous medley, whereof one may scarce tell one note from another, so multitudinous is that pretty roundelay;...
  2. A dance in a circle.
  3. Anything having a round form; a roundel.

See also

  • rondeau
  • roundel

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Alternative forms

  • rondelle (uncommon in the musical or poetic senses)
  • (dagger): roundel


From Middle English roundel, from Old French rondel, 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)

  1. 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.
  2. The verse form rondeau.
  3. A rondelle, (small) circular object.
  4. A long thin medieval dagger with a circular guard and a circular pommel (hence the name).
  5. A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion.


  • roundel

Related terms

  • rondelet
  • rondo
  • roundelay
  • roundlet



  • Lorden, Nolder, rondle

Old French


rondel m (oblique plural rondeaus or rondeax or rondiaus or rondiax or rondels, nominative singular rondeaus or rondeax or rondiaus or rondiax or rondels, nominative plural rondel)

  1. circular or round object
  2. rondel; type of poem


  • English: rondel, rondeau (via French)
  • French: rondeau



From French rondelle.


  • IPA(key): /?r?n.d?l/


rondel m inan (diminutive rondelek)

  1. pan, saucepan
  2. (historical, architecture) barbican
    Synonym: barbakan


Further reading

  • rondel in Wielki s?ownik j?zyka polskiego, Instytut J?zyka Polskiego PAN
  • rondel in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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