An engraving of a medieval minstrel.
A person who performed in a show for nobility during the middle ages by reciting lyrical poetry while playing a zither is an example of a minstrel.
- any of a medieval class of entertainers who traveled from place to place: known esp. for singing and reciting to musical accompaniment
- Old Poet. a poet, singer, or musician
- ⌂ a performer in a minstrel show
Origin of minstrelMiddle English menestrel ; from OFr, minstrel, servant, origin, originally , official ; from Late Latin ministerialis, imperial officer ; from Classical Latin ministerium, ministry
- A medieval entertainer who traveled from place to place, especially to sing and recite poetry.
- a. A lyric poet.b. A musician.
- A performer in a minstrel show.
Origin of minstrelMiddle English minstral, from Old French menestrel, servant, entertainer, from Late Latin ministeriālis, official in the imperial household, from Latin ministerium, ministry; see ministry.