- The definition of a minstrel is a medieval singer or musician who traveled to perform shows in which lyric poetry or heroic poetry were read with musical accompaniment.
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: Middle English menestrel from OFr, minstrel, servant, origin, originally , official from Late Latin ministerialis, imperial officer from Classical Latin ministerium, ministry
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- 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: Middle English minstral, from Old French menestrel, servant, entertainer, from Late Latin ministeriālis, official in the imperial household, from Latin ministerium, ministry; see ministry.