minstrelsy

[min-struh l-see]

Origin of minstrelsy

1275–1325; Middle English minstralcie (< Anglo-French menestralsie) < Anglo-Latin ministralcia, menestralcia. See minstrel, -cy
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Contemporary Examples of minstrelsy

  • The Madea films thrive on an ugly mix of minstrelsy and moralism.

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    Tyler Perry’s Madea Minstrel Show

    Rawiya Kameir

    December 13, 2013

  • The drop below his signal eloquence was a submission to the kind of minstrelsy demanded of anyone, high or low, these days.

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    Obama Loses His Cool

    Stanley Crouch

    June 9, 2010

  • I soon thought of this new and amoral cynicism as the most pernicious form of minstrelsy ever created and popularized.

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    The Hip Hop Inauguration

    Stanley Crouch

    December 19, 2008

Historical Examples of minstrelsy


British Dictionary definitions for minstrelsy

minstrelsy

noun plural -sies
  1. the art of a minstrel
  2. the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
  3. a troupe of minstrels
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Word Origin and History for minstrelsy
n.

c.1300, menstracie, "music as produced on an instrument; action of making music for entertainment; musicians or entertainers generally," from Anglo-French menestralsie, from Old French menestrel (see minstrel).

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