[ron-doh, ron-doh]
noun, plural rondos. Music.
a work or movement, often the last movement of a sonata, having one principal subject that is stated at least three times in the same key and to which return is made after the introduction of each subordinate theme.

1790–1800; < Italian < French rondeau; see rondel Unabridged
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rondo (ˈrɒndəʊ)
n , pl -dos
a piece of music in which a refrain is repeated between episodes: often constitutes the form of the last movement of a sonata or concerto
[C18: from Italian, from French rondeau]

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Word Origin & History

1797, "musical composition of one principal theme," from It. rondo, from Fr. rondeau, rondel, from O.Fr. rondel "little round" (see rondel).
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Example sentences
The final rondo had whiplash attacks and gleeful energy but was fussy, even cutesy.
The finale is sometimes a rondo, or even a theme with variations.
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