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


Middle English minstralsie, from Anglo-Norman menestralsie, from Old French menestrel, entertainer; see minstrel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English minstralcie, from 13th century Anglo-Norman menestralsie, menestralcie, from Middle French or directly from Old French menestrel 'minstrel', itself from Medieval Latin ministralis "servant, jester, singer," from Late Latin ministerialis "imperial household officer, one having an official duty", from the adjective ministerialis "ministerial, servants -", from Latin ministerium 'service' (Wiktionary)



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