Definitions for minstrelˈmɪn strəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folk singer, jongleur, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour(noun)

    a singer of folk songs

  2. minstrel(verb)

    a performer in a minstrel show

  3. minstrel(verb)

    celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels


  1. minstrel(Noun)

    A medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment.

  2. minstrel(Noun)

    One of a troupe of entertainers who wore black makeup (blackface) to present a variety show of song, dance and banjo music; now considered racist.

  3. Origin: menestrel, from menestral from Latin ministerialis, from ministerium, from minister. More at minister.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minstrel(noun)

    in the Middle Ages, one of an order of men who subsisted by the arts of poetry and music, and sang verses to the accompaniment of a harp or other instrument; in modern times, a poet; a bard; a singer and harper; a musician

  2. Origin: [OE. minstrel, menestral, OF. menestrel, fr. LL. ministerialis servant, workman (cf. ministrellus harpist), fr. L. ministerium service. See Ministry, and cf. Ministerial.]


  1. Minstrel

    A minstrel was a medieval European bard who performed songs whose lyrics told stories of distant places or of existing or imaginary historical events. Although minstrels created their own tales, often they would memorize and embellish the works of others. Frequently they were retained by royalty and high society. As the courts became more sophisticated, minstrels were eventually replaced at court by the troubadours, and many became wandering minstrels, performing in the streets and became well-liked until the middle of the Renaissance, despite a decline beginning in the late 15th century. Minstrelsy fed into later traditions of travelling entertainers, which continued to be moderately strong into the early 20th century, and which has some continuity down to today's buskers or street musicians.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A footlight foul that makes its nightly lay in every city.

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