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
3a : any of a troupe of performers typically giving a program of black American melodies, jokes, and impersonations and usually wearing blackfaceb : a performance by a troupe of minstrels
Examples of minstrel in a Sentence
Edna St. Vincent Millay was unofficially the minstrel of Maine, as her poetry celebrates its coast and countryside.
Recent Examples of minstrel from the Web
Paul and Storm, dressed as minstrels, opened the show and inserted various themes at appropriate (and inappropriate) times.
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Origin and Etymology of minstrel
MINSTREL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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