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Monday, August 26, 2013

Definitions for troubadour

  1. 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.
  2. any wandering singer or minstrel.

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Citations for troubadour
One day a troubadour appeared at the castle and was invited to stay and sing for the nobleman's court. Thomas Sanchez, Day of the Bees, 2000
…whenever a troubadour lays down the guitar and takes up the sword trouble is sure to follow. O. Henry, Sixes and Sevens, 1902
Origin of troubadour
While the origin of troubadour is not entirely known, it is thought to have come from Old Provencal trobar meaning "to find," "invent a song" or compose in verse.
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