- 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/, an opera (1867) by Richard Wagner.
Origin of Meistersinger
1835–45; < German: master singer
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Examples from the Web for meistersinger
Two days passed, on the first of which Parsifal was given, and on the second Meistersinger.Michael
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Schumann-Heink, as Magdalene in Meistersinger, was simply grotesque.Old Fogy
Then he applied himself to the composition of his Meistersinger.Wagner at Home
It was from his life Wagner wrote the opera of the "Meistersinger."To Nuremberg and Back
Take, for example, the finale to the overture to the "Meistersinger."The Galaxy, June 1877
- 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
C19: German: master singer
Word Origin and History for meistersinger
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