jongleur

[ jong-gler; French zhawn-glœr ]
/ ˈdʒɒŋ glər; French ʒɔ̃ˈglœr /

noun, plural jon·gleurs [jong-glerz; French zhawn-glœr] /ˈdʒɒŋ glərz; French ʒɔ̃ˈglœr/.

(in medieval France and Norman England) an itinerant minstrel or entertainer who sang songs, often of his own composition, and told stories.
Compare goliard.

Origin of jongleur

1755–65; < French; Middle French jougleur (perhaps by misreading, ou being read on), Old French jogleor < Latin joculātor joker, equivalent to joculā(rī) to joke + -tor -tor
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jongleur

/ (French ʒɔ̃ɡlœr) /

noun

(in medieval France) an itinerant minstrel

Word Origin for jongleur

C18: from Old French jogleour, from Latin joculātor joker, jester; see juggle
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Word Origin and History for jongleur

jongleur


n.

"wandering minstrel," 1779, from Norman-French jongleur, variant of Old French jogleor, from Latin ioculator "jester, joker" (see juggler). Revived in a technical sense by modern writers.

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