minstrel


minstrel
noun Etymology: Middle English menestrel, from Anglo-French menestral official, servant, minstrel, from Late Latin ministerialis imperial household officer, from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant — more at minister Date: 14th century 1. one of a class of medieval musical entertainers; especially a singer of verses to the accompaniment of a harp 2. a. musician b. poet 3. a. any of a troupe of performers typically giving a program of black American melodies, jokes, and impersonations and usually wearing blackface b. a performance by a troupe of minstrels

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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