[ser-vent; French seer-vahnt]
- a medieval poem or song of heroic or satirical character, as composed by a troubadour.
Origin of sirvente
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It has even been doubted whether the serventois is not the forerunner of the sirvente instead of the reverse being the case.A Short History of French Literature
A sirvente by an anonymous troubadour shows how anxiously he was expected in Languedoc.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I
Henry Charles Lea
The sirvente was a song of war or politics, sometimes satirical, sometimes in praise of the exploits of a generous patron.
The rhymes in the sirvente differed from what we consider correct by consisting always of a repetition of the same word.
Sirvente, sir-vont′, n. a satirical song of the 12th-13th century trouvres and troubadours.
- a verse form employed by the troubadours of Provence to satirize moral or political themes
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