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[min-struh l-see] /ˈmɪn strəl si/
the art or practice of a minstrel.
minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.:
a collection of Scottish minstrelsy.
Origin of minstrelsy
1275-1325; Middle English minstralcie (< Anglo-French menestralsie) < Anglo-Latin ministralcia, menestralcia. See minstrel, -cy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Thou art but my comrade—I might say my pupil—in the art of war; Blondel is my master in the science of minstrelsy and music.

    The Talisman Sir Walter Scott
  • At last, with the rising of the sun he heard a burst of minstrelsy.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • At this did Doom sit mighty pleased and humming to himself a bar of minstrelsy.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • In Italy minstrelsy received but little attention or encouragement.

    The Violin George Hart
  • Much as I have listened to their minstrelsy, I have never known one kind to borrow from the musical repertory of the other.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • Robin stopped his minstrelsy, and said to the bishop, "This seems to me an unfit match."

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • Near the walls were lodged many lords of the besieging army, and there was great sound of minstrelsy and merry-making.

British Dictionary definitions for minstrelsy


noun (pl) -sies
the art of a minstrel
the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
a troupe of minstrels
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for minstrelsy

c.1300, menstracie, "music as produced on an instrument; action of making music for entertainment; musicians or entertainers generally," from Anglo-French menestralsie, from Old French menestrel (see minstrel).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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