minnesong

noun min·ne·song \ ˈminēˌsȯŋ , -nəˌ- , -säŋ \
variants: or minnesang \ˈminəˌzäŋ\

Definition of minnesong

1 : a song of a minnesinger
2 : the whole body of minnesongs constituting a musical form
  • another characteristic shared in common by English music and German minnesong
  • —Gilbert Reaney

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Origin and Etymology of minnesong

in sense 1, minnesong partial translation of German minnelied; in sense 1, minnesang alteration (influenced by German minnesang) of minnesong; in sense 2, minnesong partial translation of German minnesang; in sense 2, minnesang from German, from Middle High German minnesanc, from minne love + sanc song, singing


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