trou·​vère trü-ˈver How to pronounce trouvère (audio)
: one of a school of poets who flourished from the 11th to the 14th centuries and who composed mostly narrative works (such as chansons de geste and fabliaux) compare troubadour

Word History


French, from Old French troveor, troverre, from trover to compose, find, from Vulgar Latin *tropare — more at troubadour

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trouvère was in 1795

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“Trouvère.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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