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troubadour

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noun trou·ba·dour \ˈtrü-bə-ˌdȯr, -ˌdu̇r\

Simple Definition of troubadour

  • : a writer and performer of songs or poetry in the Middle Ages

Full Definition of troubadour

  1. 1 :  one of a class of lyric poets and poet-musicians often of knightly rank who flourished from the 11th to the end of the 13th century chiefly in the south of France and the north of Italy and whose major theme was courtly love — compare trouvère

  2. 2 :  a singer especially of folk songs

Origin of troubadour

French, from Old Occitan trobador, from trobar to compose, from Vulgar Latin *tropare, from Latin tropus trope


First Known Use: circa 1741



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