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  • noun Plural form of minstrel.


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  • 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.

    Handbook of Universal Literature From the Best and Latest Authorities

  • Newspapers catering to a genteel readership called minstrels “demons of disorder” who “made night hideous.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Four bedrooms, two en suite, and what estate agents describe as a minstrels 'gallery.

    Some by Fire

  • 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.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • Alfred's especial favorite in the minstrels was the fellow who handled the tambourine.

    Watch Yourself Go By

  • "I'll never call the minstrels stupid again," said Watson.

    Chasing an Iron Horse Or, A Boy's Adventures in the Civil War

  • Perhaps we could even say that the minstrels were the first "psychotherapists."

    The Full Feed from

  • 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

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • In Matt. 9: 23, 24, notice is taken of players on the flute, here called "minstrels" (but in R.V. "flute-players").

    Easton's Bible Dictionary


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  • Sugar coated chocolates in the UK. As with revels and revel, I like as much because of its close relationship with minstrel - another favourite word - as for what minstrels itself connotes.

    March 7, 2008