minstrelsy

  • 1 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

  • 2 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 …

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  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

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

    Wiktionary

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

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 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

  • 12 minstrelsy — noun the practice of performing as a minstrel …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 minstrelsy — n. Music, melody, harmony, song …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 minstrelsy — n song, ballad, recitative, lyric poem, poem, epic poem, rhapsody …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 15 minstrelsy — min·strel·sy …

    English syllables

  • 16 minstrelsy — min•strel•sy [[t]ˈmɪn strəl si[/t]] n. pl. sies 1) mad the art or practice of a minstrel 2) mad minstrels songs, ballads, etc 3) sbz a troupe of minstrels • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME minstralcie (< AF menestralsie) < AL ministralcia …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 minstrelsy — n. (pl. ies) 1 the minstrel s art. 2 a body of minstrels. 3 minstrel poetry. Etymology: ME f. OF menestralsie (as MINSTREL) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 Stump speech (minstrelsy) — The stump speech was a comic monologue from blackface minstrelsy. A typical stump speech consisted of malapropisms, nonsense sentences, and puns delivered in a parodied version of Black Vernacular English. The stump speaker wore blackface makeup… …

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  • 19 The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border — (1802–1803) is a collection of Border ballads compiled by Walter Scott. It is not to be confused with his long poem, The Lay of the Last Minstrel. Volume I [1] and Volume II [2] are available as e text. The three volumes include such well known… …

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  • 20 Minstrel show — For the album by Little Brother, see The Minstrel Show. Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843 The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety …

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