meistergesang

noun, often capitalized
mei·​ster·​ge·​sang | \ ˈmīstə(r)gəˌzäŋ \
plural meistergesänge\ -​ˌzeŋə \

Definition of meistergesang

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

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History and Etymology for meistergesang

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 16 Jun. 2021.

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