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n. pl. min·strel·sies
1. The art or profession of a minstrel.
2. A troupe of minstrels.
3. Ballads and lyrics sung by minstrels.

[Middle English minstralsie, from Anglo-Norman menestralsie, from Old French menestrel, entertainer; see minstrel.]


n, pl -sies
1. (Historical Terms) the art of a minstrel
2. (Theatre) the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
3. (Theatre) a troupe of minstrels


(ˈmɪn strəl si)

n., pl. -sies.
1. the art or practice of a minstrel.
2. minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.
3. a troupe of minstrels.
[1275–1325; Middle English minstralcie (< Anglo-French menestralsie) < Anglo-Latin ministralcia]


1. the art of minstrels.
2. their occupation.
3. a group of minstrels.
4. a collection of their music and songs.
See also: Music, Songs and Singing


 body of minstrels, collectively, 1350; of musicians; musical instruments collectively, a body or collection of minstrel poetry.
Examples: minstrelsy of heaven (angels), 1667; of the Scottish Border, 1802.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minstrelsy - a troupe of minstrelsminstrelsy - a troupe of minstrels    
troupe, company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
2.minstrelsy - ballads sung by minstrels
ballad, lay - a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
3.minstrelsy - the art of a minstrel
artistry, prowess, art - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"


[ˈmɪnstrəlsɪ] N (= music) → música f; (= song) → canto m; (= art of epic minstrel) → juglaría f; (= art of lyric minstrel) → gaya ciencia f
References in classic literature ?
That evening after they had supped royally upon the very hart that Marian had slain, Allan sang sweet songs of Northern minstrelsy to the fair guest as she sat by Robin's side, the golden arrow gleaming in her dark hair.
Each was accompanied by its rude music and minstrelsy .
Then their talk turned to minstrelsy, and the stranger knight drew forth a cittern, upon which he played the minne-lieder of the north, singing the while in a high cracked voice of Hildebrand and Brunhild and Siegfried, and all the strength and beauty of the land of Almain.
Still the young Italian's eye turned sidelong upward; and it really seemed as if the touch of genuine, though slight and almost playful, emotion communicated a juicier sweetness to the dry, mechanical process of his minstrelsy.
So he at once said, "Aldermen and town councillors of the Phaeacians, we have had enough now, both of the feast, and of the minstrelsy that is its due accompaniment; let us proceed therefore to the athletic sports, so that our guest on his return home may be able to tell his friends how much we surpass all other nations as boxers, wrestlers, jumpers, and runners.
Immediately a prelude of pipe, cithern, and viol, touched with practised minstrelsy, began to play from a neighboring thicket, in such a mirthful cadence that the boughs of the Maypole quivered to the sound.
The men of Pylos and Arene, and Thryum where is the ford of the river Alpheus; strong Aipy, Cyparisseis, and Amphigenea; Pteleum, Helos, and Dorium, where the Muses met Thamyris, and stilled his minstrelsy for ever.
In The Problem with Apu, Kondabolu argues that having a white actor, Hank Azaria, portray the Indian Apu with an accent exaggerated for comedic effect is akin to blackface minstrelsy, and that Apufor years the only South Asian character on American televisiononly reinforced negative stereotypes that ended up haunting the childhoods of too many South Asian American kids.
BEORMA'S Tony Roberts says the roots of blacking up as a disguise in folk traditions precede the 19th and early 20th century fashion for minstrelsy.
But what is less well-known is that the precursor to the TV incarnation began in the 19th century with the Black Minstrelsy shows.
Rather than examining style, score, or aesthetics in specific works, it emphasizes outside forces that shaped the form, such as sociocultural, artistic, and commercial trends, including how it has drawn from influences like minstrelsy, vaudeville, film, television, jazz, rock, and hip-hop.
Handy tangles with scholars from children's literature, such as Philip Nel and his interpretation of The Cat in the Hat--Nel argues it's informed by minstrelsy, while Handy suggests that the cat may be a representation of Dr.