from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the German lyric poets and singers in the troubadour tradition who flourished from the 12th to the 14th century.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In 12th-14th century Germany, a peripatetic musician, often performing songs of courtly love
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A love-singer; specifically, one of a class of German poets and musicians who flourished from about the middle of the twelfth to the middle of the fourteenth century. They were chiefly of noble birth, and made love and beauty the subjects of their verses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of German lyric poets and singers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, so called because love was the chief theme of their poems.
German, from Middle High German : minne, love (from Old High German minna) + singer, singer; see Meistersinger.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)