Minstrel definition

mĭnstrəl
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A medieval entertainer who traveled from place to place, especially to sing and recite poetry.
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(old poet.) 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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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 performer in a minstrel show.
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A lyric poet.
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A musician.
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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
minstrel
Plural:
minstrels

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