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[troo-vair; French troo-ver]
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noun, plural trou·vères [troo-vairz; French troo-ver] /truˈvɛərz; French truˈvɛr/.
  1. one of a class of medieval poets who flourished in northern France during the 12th and 13th centuries, wrote in langue d'oïl, and composed chiefly the chansons de geste and works on the themes of courtly love.
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Also trouveur.

Origin of trouvère

1785–95; < French; Old French troveor, equivalent to trov(er) to find, compose (see trover) + -eor < Latin -ātor -ator
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Related Words for trouvere

troubadour, poet, musician, bard, jongleur, balladeer, minnesinger, trouveur

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Historical Examples of trouvere

  • All he had to do would be to inquire after the celebrated Mylio the Trouvere.

    The Iron Pincers

    Eugne Sue

  • Trouvere was the name given to certain "improvisers," or poets, of northern France.

  • In the south of France the counterpart of the Trouvere was called "troubadour."

  • Wace, the Norman-French trouvere, dedicated to her his 'Brut.'

  • A troubadour or trouvere was a poet who sang his own compositions to his own music.

British Dictionary definitions for trouvere


trouveur (French truvœr)

  1. any of a group of poets of N France during the 12th and 13th centuries who composed chiefly narrative works
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Word Origin for trouvère

C19: from French, from Old French troveor, from trover to compose; related to troubadour
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