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Tannhäuser

[tan-hoi-zer, -hou-; German tahn-hoi-zuhr]
noun
  1. a German lyric poet of the 13th century: a well-known legend tells of his stay with Venus in the Venusberg and his later repentance.
  2. (italics) an opera (1845) by Richard Wagner.
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Examples from the Web for tannhauser

Historical Examples

  • Tannhauser was the next opera, and performed as carefully as Lohengrin.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • Tannhauser did not go to a Venusberg, but to a Pleasure City.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

    Herbert George Wells

  • Roger knew German and offered to do the French translation of Tannhauser.

    My Recollections

    Jules Massenet

  • Tannhauser was in despair at having committed the unpardonable sin of heathen worship.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke

  • Had Tannhauser kept his counsel and married the girl, the opera would have closed at the second act.

    Nasby in Exile

    David R. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for tannhauser

Tannhäuser

noun
  1. 13th-century German minnesinger, commonly identified with a legendary knight who sought papal absolution after years spent in revelry with Venus. The legend forms the basis of an opera by Wagner
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