Meistersinger meaning

mīstər-sĭngər, -zĭng-
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A member of one of the guilds organized in the principal cities of Germany in the 1300s, 1400s, and 1500s to establish competitive standards for the composition and performance of music and poetry.
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A member of any of several guilds, mainly of workingmen, organized in German cities in the 14th-16th cent. for cultivating music and poetry.
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Alternative form of mastersinger.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of meistersinger

  • German from Middle High German meister master (from Old High German meistar) (from Latin magister master) singer singer (from singen to sing) (from Old High German singan sengwh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary