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minstrelsy

[min-struh l-see] /ˈmɪn strəl si/
noun
1.
the art or practice of a minstrel.
2.
minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.:
a collection of Scottish minstrelsy.
Origin of minstrelsy
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English minstralcie (< Anglo-French menestralsie) < Anglo-Latin ministralcia, menestralcia. See minstrel, -cy
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minstrelsy

/ˈmɪnstrəlsɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
the art of a minstrel
2.
the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
3.
a troupe of minstrels
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Word Origin and History for minstrelsy
n.

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).

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