- the art or practice of a minstrel.
- minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy.
Origin of minstrelsy
Examples from the Web for minstrelsy
The Madea films thrive on an ugly mix of minstrelsy and moralism.Tyler Perry’s Madea Minstrel Show
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.Obama Loses His Cool
June 9, 2010
I soon thought of this new and amoral cynicism as the most pernicious form of minstrelsy ever created and popularized.The Hip Hop Inauguration
December 19, 2008
Robin stopped his minstrelsy, and said to the bishop, "This seems to me an unfit match."Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
In those far-off days of minstrelsy the country was alive with fairies.Stories from the Ballads
Bob predicted the success for Alfred in farming that he had attained in minstrelsy.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
At last, with the rising of the sun he heard a burst of minstrelsy.The Story of Rouen
Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Why does not some one write a Minstrelsy of the Midland Counties?
- the art of a minstrel
- the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
- a troupe of minstrels
Word Origin and History for minstrelsy
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).