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[glee-muh n]
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noun, plural glee·men.
  1. (in medieval times) an itinerant singer; minstrel.
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Origin of gleeman

before 900; Middle English; Old English glēoman. See glee1, -man
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Related Words for gleeman

troubadour, singer, show, musician, player, bard, poet, performance, jongleur, harper, gleeman

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Historical Examples of gleeman

  • You were the little clerk who sat so mum in the corner, and then cried fy on the gleeman.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Thou art not fit to be called a gleeman beside the singers of Denmark.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer

    Herbert Escott-Inman

  • "The danger is yet to come," said the gleeman, in a low tone.

  • Then Hagen, too, bethought him of the gleeman, whom bold Hildebrand had robbed of life.

  • The old English names for one of this profession were gleeman, jogeler, and latterly minstrel; not to mention harper, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for gleeman


noun plural -men
  1. obsolete a minstrel
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