from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or profession of a minstrel.
- n. A troupe of minstrels.
- n. Ballads and lyrics sung by minstrels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The musical and other art and craft of a minstrel.
- n. A group of minstrels.
- n. Any similar modern group performing song and verse.
- n. A collection of minstrel ballads.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The arts and occupation of minstrels; the singing and playing of a minstrel.
- n. Musical instruments.
- n. A collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of minstrels' songs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or occupation of minstrels; singing and playing in the manner of a minstrel; lyrical song and music.
- n. An assemblage or company of minstrels; a body of singers and players.
- n. A collection of instruments used by minstrels.
- n. A collection or body of lyrical songs and ballad poetry, such as were sung by minstrels: as, Scott's “Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. ballads sung by minstrels
- n. the art of a minstrel
- n. a troupe of minstrels
Further, Weigel's invocation of "minstrelsy" rankles.
Richard, who loved "rich meats," and cared little at this time for their usual accompaniment, "minstrelsy," --
Tannhäuser is not an invention, though it is to Wagner alone that we owe his association with the famous contest of minstrelsy which is the middle picture in Wagner's drama.
And it is much the same with his addiction to vinous revelry, and to the moister kind of minstrelsy; an addiction that proceeds in part from his keen gust of fun, and the happiness he finds in making sport for others as well as for himself: he will drink till the world turns round, but not unless others are at hand to enjoy the turning along with him.
Blackface minstrelsy was widely popular but not “respectable.”
By the 1880s, minstrelsy had shed some of its lowbrow reputation and attained a degree of mainstream respectability.
A common, seemingly fantastical theme in early minstrelsy was the flamboyant dress of the slave characters.
It is certainly no accident that most of the creators of blackface minstrelsy spent time in the city known as “the Queen of the West.”
Blackface minstrelsy is now often considered to be antiblack parody, and some of it certainly was, but scholars have recently begun to see the songs of Dan Emmett and many other performers in the genre as expressions of desire for the freedoms they saw in the culture of the slaves.
The Jewish influx into blackface minstrelsy was so pronounced that the Morning Telegraph was compelled to announce in 1899 that “Hebrews Have Been Chosen to Succeed Coons.”