- n. Plural form of minstrel.
“They generally sang their own compositions, and accompanied themselves on the harp; yet some even among the titled minstrels could neither read nor write, and it is related of of one that he was forced to keep a letter from his lady-love in his bosom for ten days until he could find some one to decipher it.”
“Newspapers catering to a genteel readership called minstrels “demons of disorder” who “made night hideous.””
“Four bedrooms, two en suite, and what estate agents describe as a minstrels 'gallery.”
“And just as the renegade fallen angels became the choir of devils and went to Hell, so the minstrels are the choir of renegade men.”
“The more professional class, the so-called minstrels or vagrant performers (descendants of the Norman _jongleurs_), possibly provided the music, which appears to have filled a large and useful part in the plays.”
“Alfred's especial favorite in the minstrels was the fellow who handled the tambourine.”
“I'll never call the minstrels stupid again," said Watson.”
“Perhaps we could even say that the minstrels were the first "psychotherapists.”
“II.; however, on reference to the last Vagrant Act of the present king, the word 'minstrels' is omitted; consequently, they are no longer cognizable under that Act of Parliament; and, in addition to that, Mr. Charles Clapp, one of the prisoners, produced his indenture of having served seven years as an apprentice to the profession of a musician to Mr. Clay, who held the same appointment as”
“In Matt. 9: 23, 24, notice is taken of players on the flute, here called "minstrels" (but in R.V. "flute-players").”
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Words and phrases from the thirteenth century poem Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun.
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