- The definition of a troubadour is someone who sings folk songs or is a poet who writes verses to music.
An example of a troubadour is a French lyrical poet who writes poems about courtship and love and sets them to music.
troubadour definition by Webster's New World
- any of a class of lyric poets and poet-musicians in S France and N Spain and Italy during the 11th through 13th cent. who wrote poems and songs of love and chivalry, usually with intricate stanza form and rhyme scheme
- a minstrel or singer
Origin: French ; from ProvenÃ§al trobador ; from trobar, to compose, invent, find ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form tropare, probably back-formation ; from contropare, to combine, compare ; from Classical Latin con-, with (from source Old Latin com: see com-) plush Classical Latin tropus, trope
troubadour definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One of a class of 12th-century and 13th-century lyric poets in Southern France, northern Italy, and northern Spain, who composed songs in langue d'oc often about courtly love.
- A strolling minstrel.
Origin: French, from Provençal trobador, from Old Provençal, from trobar, to compose, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *tropāre, from Late Latin tropus, trope, song, from Latin, trope; see trope.