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Origin of minstrel
Examples from the Web for minstrel
What kind of minstrel show he gave to win his freedom is not known.
I started with a minstrel show, making eight bucks a night, three nights a week.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The idea that Cyrus staged what amounts to a minstrel show Sunday night is an interesting, though debatable, one.Miley Cyrus's VMA Performance Was Ridiculous, But It Wasn't Racist|Kevin Fallon|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In a tradition that goes back to the days of the minstrel show, the banjo player doubled as a comedian.Earl Scruggs, Dead at 88, Pioneered a Banjo Style Imitated but Never Equaled|Malcolm Jones|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They perceived it as symbolic sexual service in the minstrel lane.
But I have been worried ever since that minstrel crowd has been gathering at the tan-yard.Watch Yourself Go By|Al. G. Field
What is the purpose of the Minstrel in the development of the story?Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English|Gilbert Sykes Blakely
The mule was caught, and the minstrel remounted, and returned home completely out of tune.In the Heart of Africa|Samuel White Baker
With its music, set to thine own words, no minstrel on earth shall be to thee a rival.Tales From Scottish Ballads|Elizabeth W. Grierson
But no minstrel brought any word of Odysseus, of his death or of his appearance in any land known to men.The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy|Padriac Colum
Word Origin for minstrel
early 13c., from Old French menestrel "entertainer, poet, musician; servant, workman; good-for-nothing, rogue," from Medieval Latin ministralis "servant, jester, singer," from Late Latin ministerialem (nominative ministerialis) "imperial household officer, one having an official duty," from ministerialis (adj.) "ministerial," from Latin ministerium (see ministry). The connecting notion is via the jester, etc., as a court position.
Specific sense of "musician" developed in Old French, but in English until 16c. the word was used of anyone (singers, storytellers, jugglers, buffoons) whose profession was to entertain patrons. Only in 18c. was the word limited, in a historical sense, to "medieval singer of heroic or lyric poetry who accompanied himself on a stringed instrument." Reference to blackface music acts in U.S. is from 1843.