sir·​vente sir-ˈvänt How to pronounce sirvente (audio)
variants or sirventes
plural sirventes sir--ˈvänt How to pronounce sirvente (audio)
: a usually moral or religious song of the Provençal troubadours satirizing social vices

Word History


French, from Occitan sirventes, literally, servant's song, from sirvent servant, from Latin servient-, serviens, present participle of servire to serve

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sirvente was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Sirvente.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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