Minstrel meaning

mĭn'strəl
A medieval entertainer who traveled from place to place, especially to sing and recite poetry.
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A performer in a minstrel show.
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Any of a medieval class of entertainers who traveled from place to place: known esp. for singing and reciting to musical accompaniment.
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A poet, singer, or musician.
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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.

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A performer in a minstrel show.
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(historical) A medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment.
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One of a troupe of entertainers who wore black makeup (blackface) to present a variety show of song, dance and banjo music; now considered racist.
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Origin of minstrel

  • Middle English minstral from Old French menestrel servant, entertainer from Late Latin ministeriālis official in the imperial household from Latin ministerium ministry ministry
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English menestrel, from Old French menestral (“entertainer, servant, official") from Latin ministerialis (“servant"), from ministerium (“service"), from minister (“servant"). More at minister.
    From Wiktionary