- one of a class of medieval lyric poets who flourished principally in southern France from the 11th to 13th centuries, and wrote songs and poems of a complex metrical form in langue d'oc, chiefly on themes of courtly love.Compare trouvère.
- any wandering singer or minstrel.
Origin of troubadour
Examples from the Web for troubadours
Is David Wildstein joining this list of great New Jersey troubadours by singing to the U.S. Attorney?Is David Wildstein Going To Testify Against Chris Christie?
April 7, 2014
The rise of the Troubadours is due wholly to Oriental influences.Woman's Work in Music
They are the troubadours these birds, the wanderers whose souls are in their voices.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
I lived at the court of Avalon, the home of Love and Troubadours.Under the Witches' Moon
Suddenly all the music of the troubadours was hushed in dreadful expectation.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
Im booked with the Troubadours from the first of July; next Monday.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
- any of a class of lyric poets who flourished principally in Provence and N Italy from the 11th to the 13th centuries, writing chiefly on courtly love in complex metric form
- a singer
Word Origin and History for troubadours
1727, from French troubadour "one of a class of lyric poets in southern France, eastern Spain, and northern Italy 11c.-13c.," from Old Provençal trobador, from trobar "to find," earlier "invent a song, compose in verse," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *tropare "compose, sing," especially in the form of tropes, from Latin tropus "a song" (see trope). The alternative theory among French etymologists derives the Old Provençal word from a metathesis of Latin turbare "to disturb," via a sense of "to turn up." Meanwhile, Arabists posit an origin in Arabic taraba "to sing." General sense of "one who composes or sings verses or ballads" first recorded 1826.