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minstrelsy

[min-struh l-see]
noun
  1. the art or practice of a minstrel.
  2. minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy.
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Origin of minstrelsy

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