- one of a class of German lyric poets and singers of the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries.
Origin of minnesinger
Examples from the Web for minnesinger
Of Vogelwied, the Minnesinger, and his bequest to the birds.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Yet, Ssskind von Trimberg was at once a Jew and a minnesinger.
His last production as a minnesinger was a prescription for a "virtue-electuary."
The era of the minnesinger has been divided into three periods.How Music Developed
W. J. Henderson
He began his career as a minnesinger, but later on entered a monastery.The Evolution of Love
- one of the German lyric poets and musicians of the 12th to 14th centuries
Word Origin and History for minnesinger
one of a class of medieval German poets who imitated the troubadours, 1825, from German minnesinger, from minne "love," especially "sexual love" (from Old High German minna "loving memory," originally "memory;" see mind (n.)) + singer (see singer). German minne by c.1500 no longer was considered decent, and it became a taboo word until revived 18c. in poetic language.