minstrelsy
noun Etymology: Middle English minstralcie, from Anglo-French menestralsie, from menestral Date: 14th century 1. the singing and playing of a minstrel 2. a body of minstrels 3. a group of songs or verse

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  • Minstrelsy — Min strel*sy, n. 1. The arts and occupation of minstrels; the singing and playing of a minstrel. [1913 Webster] 2. Musical instruments. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. A collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Minstrelsy — can refer to: The music and poetry of the medieval minstrels. The songs, dances, skits, and stagecraft of the 19th century American blackface minstrel show. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • minstrelsy — (n.) c.1300, menstracie, music as produced on an instrument; action of making music for entertainment; musicians or entertainers generally, from Anglo Fr. menestralsie, from O.Fr. menestrel (see MINSTREL (Cf. minstrel)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • minstrelsy — [min′strəlsē] n. pl. minstrelsies [ME menestralcie < OFr menestralsie] 1. the art or occupation of a minstrel 2. a group of minstrels 3. a collection of minstrels ballads or songs …   English World dictionary

  • minstrelsy — /min streuhl see/, n. 1. the art or practice of a minstrel. 2. minstrels songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy. [1275 1325; ME minstralcie ( < AF menestralsie) < AL ministralcia, menestralcia. See MINSTREL, CY] * * * …   Universalium

  • minstrelsy —    Although both minstrel singing and blackface performance can be traced back to the Middle Ages, the origin of this American entertainment is usually credited to Thomas D. Rice, who was performing a Jim Crow song and dance in blackface by the… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • minstrelsy — /ˈmɪnstrəlsi/ (say minstruhlsee) noun (plural minstrelsies) 1. the art or practice of a minstrel. 2. minstrels songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy. {Middle English mynstralsy, from Old French} …   Australian English dictionary

  • minstrelsy — noun a) The musical and other art and craft of a minstrel. b) A group of minstrels …   Wiktionary

  • minstrelsy — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. balladry, folk music, Lieder (German); see song …   English dictionary for students

  • minstrelsy — min·strel·sy || mɪnstrÉ™lsɪ n. group of traveling singers (Medieval); poesy, singing, playing of instruments; group of singers who often perform in black face …   English contemporary dictionary

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