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Definitions for minstrelsy
ˈmɪn strəl simin·strel·sy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minstrelsynoun

    a troupe of minstrels

  2. minstrelsynoun

    ballads sung by minstrels

  3. minstrelsynoun

    the art of a minstrel


  1. minstrelsynoun

    The musical and other art and craft of a minstrel.

  2. minstrelsynoun

    A group of minstrels.

  3. minstrelsynoun

    Any similar modern group performing song and verse.

  4. minstrelsynoun

    A collection of minstrel ballads.

  5. Etymology: From minstralcie, from 13th century menestralsie, menestralcie, from or directly from menestrel 'minstrel', itself from Medieval Latin ministralis "servant, jester, singer," from Late Latin ministerialis "imperial household officer, one having an official duty", from the adjective ministerialis "ministerial, servants -", from ministerium 'service'


  1. minstrelsy

    Minstrelsy is a form of theatrical entertainment, originating in the United States, in which performers, often in blackface, provide comic or sentimental songs, dances, dialogues, and skits that stereotype and caricature people of African descent. It was a popular form of entertainment in the 19th and early 20th century. It can also refer more generally to the act of performing as a minstrel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minstrelsynoun

    the arts and occupation of minstrels; the singing and playing of a minstrel

  2. Minstrelsynoun

    musical instruments

  3. Minstrelsynoun

    a collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of minstrels' songs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minstrelsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minstrelsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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