jon·​gleur zhōⁿ-ˈglər How to pronounce jongleur (audio)
: an itinerant medieval entertainer proficient in juggling, acrobatics, music, and recitation

Examples of jongleur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walls at their East Bay brewpub are fancifully illustrated with dancing jongleurs and toasting woodland creatures, adapted mostly from woodcuts that Alex encountered while working on her doctorate in 16th and 17th century English lit. Alyssa Pereira, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2018

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Word History


French, from Old French jogleour — more at juggler

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jongleur was in 1782

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“Jongleur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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