from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a class of poet-musicians flourishing in northern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, who composed chiefly narrative works, such as the chansons de geste, in langue d'oïl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medieval lyric poet using the Northern langue d’oïl (precursor dialects of modern French), as opposed to their older, southern example, the original troubadours, who used langue d’oc (Occitan)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a school of poets who flourished in Northern France from the eleventh to the fourteenth century.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the medieval poets or northern France, whose productions partake of a narrative or epic character, and thus contrast broadly with the lyrical, amatory, and more polished effusions of the troubadours.
French, from Old French trovere, from trover, to compose, from Vulgar Latin *tropāre; see troubadour.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French trouvère. (Wiktionary)