or sir·ventes

[ser-vent; French seer-vahnt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. siroset,
  2. sirrah,
  3. sirree,
  4. sirup,
  5. sirupy,
  6. sis,
  7. sis-boom-bah,
  8. sisal,
  9. sisal hemp,
  10. siscowet

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sirvente



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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