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[glee-muh n] /ˈgli mən/
noun, plural gleemen.
(in medieval times) an itinerant singer; minstrel.
Origin of gleeman
before 900; Middle English; Old English glēoman. See glee1, -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You were the little clerk who sat so mum in the corner, and then cried fy on the gleeman.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Thou art not fit to be called a gleeman beside the singers of Denmark.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
  • "The danger is yet to come," said the gleeman, in a low tone.

  • Then Hagen, too, bethought him of the gleeman, whom bold Hildebrand had robbed of life.

  • The old English names for one of this profession were gleeman, jogeler, and latterly minstrel; not to mention harper, &c.

  • gleeman continued to be the name given to a minstrel both in England and Scotland almost as long as this order of men continued.

  • Beer for the lads of the forest, mead for the gleeman, strong waters for the tinker, and wine for the rest.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The others, however, drew closer, leaving the place of honor to the right of the gleeman to the free-handed new-comer.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Methinks I have some remembrance of the lilt," remarked the gleeman, running his fingers over the strings.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The others are Fritz and Rudolph and Wiglaf, the gleeman, in a fantastic garb faded and tattered.

    The Saxons Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
British Dictionary definitions for gleeman


noun (pl) -men
(obsolete) a minstrel
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