or sir·ventes

[ ser-vent; French seer-vahnt ]
/ sərˈvɛnt; French sirˈvɑ̃t /
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noun, plural sir·ventes [ser-vents; French seer-vahnt]. /sərˈvɛnts; French sirˈvɑ̃t/.

a medieval poem or song of heroic or satirical character, as composed by a troubadour.



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Origin of sirvente

1810–20; back formation from Provençal sirventes literally, pertaining to a servant, i.e., lover (the -s being taken as plural sign). See servant, -ese
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/ (səˈvɛnt) /


a verse form employed by the troubadours of Provence to satirize moral or political themes

Word Origin for sirvente

C19: via French from Provençal sirventes song of a servant (that is, of a lover serving his mistress), from sirvent a servant, from Latin servīre to serve
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