[jong-gler; French zhawn-glœr]
- (in medieval France and Norman England) an itinerant minstrel or entertainer who sang songs, often of his own composition, and told stories.
Origin of jongleur
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Examples from the Web for jongleur
And is not all this what every dissour and jongleur tells us of in his stories of Merlin?The Last Of The Barons, Complete
Their name, "jongleur," like "charity," covers a multitude of sins.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Far, far away in some distant steading, the jongleur heard the crowing of a cock.The Serf
A jongleur was a singer who was not a poet, though he might make songs.
The troubadour, minstrel and jongleur or joglar, were not the same in dignity.
- (in medieval France) an itinerant minstrel
C18: from Old French jogleour, from Latin joculātor joker, jester; see juggle
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Word Origin and History for jongleur
"wandering minstrel," 1779, from Norman-French jongleur, variant of Old French jogleor, from Latin ioculator "jester, joker" (see juggler). Revived in a technical sense by modern writers.
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