[min-struh l] /ˈmɪn strəl/
a medieval poet and musician who sang or recited while accompanying himself on a stringed instrument, either as a member of a noble household or as an itinerant troubadour.
a musician, singer, or poet.
one of a troupe of comedians, usually white men made up as black performers, presenting songs, jokes, etc.
a medieval wandering musician who performed songs or recited poetry with instrumental accompaniment
a performer in a minstrel show
(archaic or poetic) any poet, musician, or singer
early 13c., from Old French menestrel “entertainer, poet, musician; servant, workman; good-for-nothing, rogue,” from Medieval Latin ministralis “servant, jester, singer,” from Late Latin ministerialem (nominative ministerialis) “imperial household officer, one having an official duty,” from ministerialis (adj.) “ministerial,” from Latin ministerium (see ministry). The connecting notion is via the jester, etc., as a court position.
Specific sense of “musician” developed in Old French, but in English until 16c. the word was used of anyone (singers, storytellers, jugglers, buffoons) whose profession was to entertain patrons. Only in 18c. was the word limited, in a historical sense, to “medieval singer of heroic or lyric poetry who accompanied himself on a stringed instrument.” Reference to blackface music acts in U.S. is from 1843.
(Matt. 9:23), a flute-player. Such music was a usual accompaniment of funerals. In 2 Kings 3:15 it denotes a player on a stringed instrument.
noun 1. a popular stage entertainment featuring comic dialogue, song, and dance in highly conventionalized patterns, performed by a troupe of actors, traditionally comprising two end men and a chorus in blackface and an interlocutor: developed in the U.S. in the early and mid-19th century. noun 1. a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic […]
[min-struh l-see] /ˈmɪn strəl si/ noun 1. the art or practice of a minstrel. 2. minstrels’ songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy. /ˈmɪnstrəlsɪ/ noun (pl) -sies 1. the art of a minstrel 2. the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel 3. a troupe of minstrels n. c.1300, menstracie, “music as produced on […]
[mint] /mɪnt/ noun 1. any aromatic herb of the genus Mentha, having opposite leaves and small, whorled flowers, as the and . Compare . 2. a soft or hard confection, often shaped like a wafer, that is usually flavored with and often served after lunch or dinner. 3. any of various flavored hard candies packaged […]
[min-tij] /ˈmɪn tɪdʒ/ noun 1. the act or process of . 2. the product or result of ; coinage. 3. the charge for or cost of or coining. 4. the output of a . 5. a stamp or character impressed. /ˈmɪntɪdʒ/ noun 1. the process of minting 2. money minted 3. a fee paid for […]