[ glee-muhn ]
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noun,plural glee·men.
  1. (in medieval times) an itinerant singer; minstrel.

Origin of gleeman

before 900; Middle English; Old English glēoman.See glee1, -man

Words Nearby gleeman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use gleeman in a sentence

  • The others are Fritz and Rudolph and Wiglaf, the gleeman, in a fantastic garb faded and tattered.

    The Saxons | Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
  • Beer for the lads of the forest, mead for the gleeman, strong waters for the tinker, and wine for the rest.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The others, however, drew closer, leaving the place of honor to the right of the gleeman to the free-handed new-comer.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Methinks I have some remembrance of the lilt," remarked the gleeman, running his fingers over the strings.

    The White Company | Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There was a wandering gleeman who came into the marketplace on the hill top, and we stood and listened to him.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane | Charles W. Whistler

British Dictionary definitions for gleeman


/ (ˈɡliːmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. obsolete a minstrel

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