minstrel

noun min·strel \ ˈmin(t)-strəl \

Definition of minstrel

1 :one of a class of medieval musical entertainers; especially :a singer of verses to the accompaniment of a harp
  • wandering minstrels
2 a :musician
b :poet
3 a :any of a troupe of performers typically giving a program of black American melodies, jokes, and impersonations and usually wearing blackface
b :a performance by a troupe of minstrels

Examples of minstrel in a Sentence

  1. Edna St. Vincent Millay was unofficially the minstrel of Maine, as her poetry celebrates its coast and countryside.

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Origin and Etymology of minstrel

Middle English menestrel, from Anglo-French menestral official, servant, minstrel, from Late Latin ministerialis imperial household officer, from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant — more at minister

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MINSTREL Defined for English Language Learners

minstrel

noun

Definition of minstrel for English Language Learners

  • : a musical entertainer in the Middle Ages

  • : a member of a group of entertainers who performed black American songs and jokes usually with blackened faces


MINSTREL Defined for Kids

minstrel

noun min·strel \ ˈmin-strəl \

Definition of minstrel for Students

1 :a musical entertainer in the Middle Ages
2 :a member of a group of entertainers who performed black American melodies and jokes with blackened faces in the 19th and early 20th centuries


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