[ron-dl, ron-del]
Prosody. a short poem of fixed form, consisting usually of 14 lines on two rhymes, of which four are made up of the initial couplet repeated in the middle and at the end, with the second line of the couplet sometimes being omitted at the end.
Theater, roundel ( def 4 ).

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French rondel, diminutive of rond round1 Unabridged
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rondel (ˈrɒndəl)
1.  a rondeau consisting of three stanzas of 13 or 14 lines with a two-line refrain appearing twice or three times
2.  a figure in Scottish country dancing by means of which couples change position in the set
[C14: from Old French, literally: a little circle, from rondround]

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late 14c., from O.Fr. rondel "short poem," lit. "small circle," dim. of roont (fem. roonde) "circular" (see round). Metrical form of 14 lines with only two rhymes. So called because the initial couplet is repeated at the end.
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a fixed poetic form that runs on two rhymes. It is a variant of the rondeau.

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The door and window moldings are symmetrical and have rondel blocks at their comers on both the exterior and interior.
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