minstrel definition

  • noun:
    • A medieval entertainer which traveled from place to destination, especially to sing and recite poetry.
    • A lyric poet.
    • A musician.
    • A performer in a minstrel tv show.
    • A medieval traveling entertainer that would sing and recite poetry, frequently to his very own music accompaniment.
    • One of a troupe of entertainers just who wore black makeup (blackface) to present a number show of tune, dance and banjo music; today considered racist.
    • at the center Ages, certainly one of an order of men whom subsisted because of the arts of poetry and music, and sang passages towards the accompaniment of a harp or any other instrument; today, a poet; a bard; a singer and harper; a musician.
    • A musician, especially person who sings or recites toward accompaniment of devices.
    • ergo Any poet or musician. [Poetical.]3, Originally, one of a class of singers of negro tunes and delineators of life from the Southern plantations which originated from the United States about 1830: known as negro minstrels, while they are white males whose faces and hands are blackened with burnt cork.
    • a singer of people songs
    • a performer in a minstrel show
  • verb:
    • celebrate by performing, inside style of minstrels

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