jongleur


jon·gleur

noun \zhōⁿ-ˈglər\

Definition of JONGLEUR

:  an itinerant medieval entertainer proficient in juggling, acrobatics, music, and recitation

Origin of JONGLEUR

French, from Old French jogleour — more at juggler
First Known Use: 1779

jongleur

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Professional storyteller or public entertainer in medieval France. His roles included those of musician, juggler, acrobat, and reciter of literary works. Jongleurs performed in marketplaces on public holidays, in abbeys, and in castles of nobles, who sometimes retained them in permanent employment. Jongleurs were most important in the 13th century; in the 14th century, the various facets of their role were taken over by other performers. See also goliard; trouvère.

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