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[ser-vent; French seer-vahnt] /sərˈvɛnt; French sirˈvɑ̃t/
noun, plural sirventes
[ser-vents; French seer-vahnt] /sərˈvɛnts; French sirˈvɑ̃t/ (Show IPA)
a medieval poem or song of heroic or satirical character, as composed by a troubadour.
Origin of sirvente
1810-20; back formation from Provençal sirventes literally, pertaining to a servant, i.e., lover (the -s being taken as plural sign). See servant, -ese Unabridged
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a verse form employed by the troubadours of Provence to satirize moral or political themes
Word Origin
C19: via French from Provençal sirventes song of a servant (that is, of a lover serving his mistress), from sirvent a servant, from Latin servīre to serve
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