- the art or occupation of a minstrel
- a group of minstrels
- a collection of minstrels' ballads or songs
Origin of minstrelsyMiddle English menestralcie from Old French menestralsie
- The art or profession of a minstrel.
- A troupe of minstrels.
- Ballads and lyrics sung by minstrels.
Origin of minstrelsyMiddle English minstralsie from Anglo-Norman menestralsie from Old French menestrel entertainer ; see minstrel .
From Middle English minstralcie, from 13th century Anglo-Norman menestralsie, menestralcie, from Middle French or directly from Old French 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 Latin ministerium 'service'