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 (mīs′tər-sĭng′ər, -zĭng′-)
n. pl. Meistersinger or Meis·ter·sing·ers
A member of one of the guilds organized in the principal cities of Germany in the 1300s, 1400s, and 1500s to establish competitive standards for the composition and performance of music and poetry. Also called mastersinger.

[German, from Middle High German : meister, master (from Old High German meistar, from Latin magister; see master) + singer, singer (from singen, to sing, from Old High German singan; see sengwh- in Indo-European roots).]
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n, pl -singer or -singers
1. (Poetry) a member of one of the various German guilds of workers or craftsmen organized to compose and perform poetry and music. These flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries
2. (Classical Music) a member of one of the various German guilds of workers or craftsmen organized to compose and perform poetry and music. These flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries
[C19: German: master singer]
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(ˈmaɪ stərˌsɪŋ ər, -ˌzɪŋ-)

n., pl. -sing•er, -sing•ers.
a member of any of the German guilds of workingmen established largely in the 15th and 16th centuries for the cultivation of poetry and music.
[1835–45; < German: master singer]
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