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[mahy-ster-sing-er, -zing-] /ˈmaɪ stərˌsɪŋ ər, -ˌzɪŋ-/
noun, plural Meistersinger, Meistersingers for 1.
Also, mastersinger. a member of one of the guilds, chiefly of workingmen, established during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries in the principal cities of Germany, for the cultivation of poetry and music.
(italics) Die [dee] /di/ (Show IPA) an opera (1867) by Richard Wagner.
Origin of Meistersinger
1835-45; < German: master singer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Meistersinger
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  • Schumann-Heink, as Magdalene in Meistersinger, was simply grotesque.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Two days passed, on the first of which Parsifal was given, and on the second Meistersinger.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • She sang through the greater part of "Lohengrin," and then took up the "Meistersinger," and read it till it fell from her hands.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Then he applied himself to the composition of his Meistersinger.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • The tunes were all fixed, and the Meistersinger's art was-335- purely poetic.

  • It was from his life Wagner wrote the opera of the "Meistersinger."

  • Elated at the happy acquisition, we unanimously crown him Meistersinger, with dominion over the department of poetry.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • In Germany, as everybody knows, had formed the body of the Meistersinger.

  • I particularly want to see Nuremburg on account of its being the scene of the Meistersinger.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • The Master believed, in spite of my efforts to convince him to the contrary, that I did not care for the Meistersinger.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
British Dictionary definitions for Meistersinger


noun (pl) -singer, -singers
a member of one of the various German guilds of workers or craftsmen organized to compose and perform poetry and music. These flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin
C19: German: master singer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Meistersinger



1845, from German Meistersinger, literally "master singer;" see master (adj.) + singer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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