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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History and Etymology for 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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“Minnesong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minnesong. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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