min·​ne·​sing·​er ˈmi-nə-ˌsiŋ-ər How to pronounce minnesinger (audio)
: any of a class of German poets and musicians of the 12th to the 14th centuries

Word History


German, from Middle High German, from minne love + singer singer

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minnesinger was in 1817

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“Minnesinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minnesinger. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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