American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the German lyric poets and singers in the troubadour tradition who flourished from the 12th to the 14th century.
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. They were chiefly or exclusively men of noble descent—knights, nobles, princes, and oven emperors. They sang their pieces to their own accompaniment on the viol, and often engaged in poetical contests for the gratification of princes and ladies of the court. Among the chief seats of the minnesingers were Swabia and Austria, and the leading dialect used was the Swabian. The minnesingers were succeeded by the mastersingers. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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)
“His last production as a minnesinger was a prescription for a "virtue-electuary.”
“There is also the possibility that their ubiquitous ‘lady’—she who must be obeyed, if only from a chaste distance, was meant to be understood at an esoteric level as something else, as their German name of minnesinger suggests.”
“For example, it actually makes the statement: ‘God is the Universal Mother…’ and clearly reveals a strong Cathar inspiration, besides that of the troubadour/minnesinger tradition18.”
“Holm followed as best he could and got in many a splendid howl, though as a minnesinger he held no brief for his own powers.”
“His orders are terse and clear, like those of the others, agents of the Pope, Pope got religion, go out 'n' find that minnesinger, he's a good guy after all ....”
“He played upon the harp with more than common skill, and could personate the regular minnesinger to perfection.”
“Humbert!" exclaimed the youth, in a searching whisper, "would you like to play the minnesinger in this storm?”
“And sometimes in the long winter evenings, when the fire sparkled brightly and the old man was garrulous with joy, he would tell how he once entered a hostile castle as a minnesinger with a noble lover, and how the knight defied the angry father.”
“Do you remember Ailred of Zurich, the minnesinger?”
“But -- I cannot leave Humbert," said the youth, pointing to the frightened minnesinger.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘minnesinger’.
Another compilation of spelling words suitable for intermediate to advanced spellers.
Being a list of words which have "specifically" in their definitions.
"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
for the same
Looking for tweets for minnesinger.