from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of one of the guilds organized in the principal cities of Germany in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries to establish competitive standards for the composition and performance of music and poetry. Also called mastersinger.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See mastersinger.
German, from Middle High German : meister, master (from Old High German meistar, from Latin magister; see master) + singer, singer (from singen, to sing, from Old High German singan; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)