Definitions for: Minstrel


[n] a singer of folk songs
[n] a performer in a minstrel show
[v] celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels



Webster (1913) Definition: Min"strel, n. [OE. minstrel, menestral, OF.
menestrel, fr. LL. ministerialis servant, workman (cf.
ministrellus harpist), fr. L. ministerium service. See
Ministry, and cf. Ministerial.]
In the Middle Ages, one of an order of men who subsisted by
the arts of poetry and music, and sang verses to the
accompaniment of a harp or other instrument; in modern times,
a poet; a bard; a singer and harper; a musician. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: folk singer, jongleur, poet-singer, troubadour

See Also: corner man, end man, Guthrie, interlocutor, middleman, minstrel show, performer, performing artist, Pete Seeger, Peter Seeger, Seeger, sing, singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, Woody Guthrie

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