from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A medieval itinerant singer; a minstrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A professional singer, bard, or other entertainer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name anciently given to an itinerant minstrel or musician.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A singer; specifically, in old use, a strolling minstrel or musician.
Perhaps Cynewulf was a poet who lived as one of the household of some great lord, and wrote more at his ease than if he had been merely an itinerant singer, a "gleeman," who sang his songs as he went about.
Then Sir Irnfried dealt the valiant gleeman such a blow that his coat of mail burst open and his breastplate was enveloped with a bright red flame.
Folker he smote, so that on all sides the clasps flew to the walls of the hall from helmet and shield of the doughty gleeman.
Then Hagen, too, bethought him of the gleeman, whom bold
This the bold gleeman repaid with might; he smote Wolfhart, so that the sparks flew wide.
Anyway I came across a compilation of the first three books in a gleeman train station.
"Luca's as good as a gleeman, Thom. but I don't think he's going to sway them."
This woman contained more surprises than any gleeman.
"The gleeman saw us and hushed him," Areina put in, fingering the quiver at her waist, "but we heard."
Thom, seated across the lapis-inlaid table from the thief-catcher, looked as little the gleeman in his finely cut coat of bronze wool, as he did the man who had once been Queen Morgase's lover.