from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval entertainer who traveled from place to place, especially to sing and recite poetry.
- n. A lyric poet.
- n. A musician.
- n. A performer in a minstrel show.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musician, especially one who sings or recites to the accompaniment of instruments.
- n. Hence Any poet or musician. [Poetical.]3, Originally, one of a class of singers of negro melodies and delineators of life on the Southern plantations which originated in the United States about 1830: called negro minstrels, although they are usually white men whose faces and hands are blackened with burnt cork.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a singer of folk songs
- v. celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels
- n. a performer in a minstrel show
Susan Stroman says "The Scottsboro Boys" makes use of the kind of broad stylized characters typical in minstrel shows.
Mixing roles "The Scottsboro Boys" makes use of the kind of broad stylized characters typical in minstrel shows and has many of the actors playing multiple roles - including white stereotypes.
True to form, this crowd included vendors selling political memorabilia, including 'don't tread on me,' flags and buttons with President Obama's image in minstrel white-face, or with the president smoking dope.
That is called a minstrel show, circa the 21st century.
Historical: blackface was used in minstrel shows and later in blackface sketches in more mainstream vaudeville to humorously denigrate African Americans.
In his poetic romance, The Lady of the Lake, for example, the culture of the highland clan, in which high and low are united by the art of the minstrel, is compared with that of the town of Stirling, where the sporting entertainments enjoyed by the burgers of the town, are disdained as "mean" by the nobles in the time of James V (Canto V).
Clark & McCullough had careers in minstrel shows, circuses, vaudeville and Broadway before hitting Hollywood, but Clark never truly adapted to the basic tenets of film acting.
The minstrel song became the first American-born music genre, when George Washington Dixon wrote comic black characters into his stage plays in Albany after 1827, performed by white actors in blackface, singing songs such as Zip Coon, in what became known as the minstrel show.
They heard of it only in minstrel tales, and it came to be for them a sort of fairy-land which had no existence save in a poet's dream.
Very soft and low, like a wandering minstrel is singing.
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