meistergesang

noun

mei·​ster·​ge·​sang
ˈmīstə(r)gəˌzäŋ
plural meistergesänge
-ˌzeŋə
often capitalized
1
: one of the songs of the meistersinger consisting of strophic mechanical verse usually didactic or religious in nature and composed according to strict rules to fit a few traditional monophonic melodies
2
: the songs of the meistersinger as a literary genre

Word History

Etymology

German, from Middle High German meistersanc, meistergesanc, from meister master + sanc song, singing (from Old High German sang) or gesanc song, singing, from ge-, collective prefix (from Old High German gi-) + sanc

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“Meistergesang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meistergesang. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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