[ troo-vair; French troo-ver ]
/ truˈvɛər; French truˈvɛr /

noun, plural trou·vères [troo-vairz; French troo-ver] /truˈvɛərz; French truˈvɛr/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. trout tickling,
  2. troutperch,
  3. trouveur,
  4. trouville,
  5. trouville-sur-mer,
  6. trouvères,
  7. trovatore, il,
  8. trove,
  9. trover,
  10. trow

Also trouveur.

Origin of trouvère

1785–95; < French; Old French troveor, equivalent to trov(er) to find, compose (see trover) + -eor < Latin -ātor -ator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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trouveur (French truvœr)

/ (truːˈvɛə, French truvɛr) /


any of a group of poets of N France during the 12th and 13th centuries who composed chiefly narrative works

Word Origin for trouvère

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

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