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 (mĭn′ĭ-sĭng′ər, -zĭng′-)
One of the German lyric poets and singers in the troubadour tradition who flourished from the 1100s to the 1300s.

[German, from Middle High German : minne, love (from Old High German minna; see men- in Indo-European roots) + singer, singer; see Meistersinger.]
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(Poetry) one of the German lyric poets and musicians of the 12th to 14th centuries
[C19: from German: love-singer]
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(ˈmɪn əˌsɪŋ ər)

one of a class of German lyric poets and singers of the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries.
[1815–25; < German, =Minne love + Singer singer]
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The history of the Godfreys and the Minnesingers can evidently not cover the life of the peoples.
Take up the literature of 1835, and you will find the poets and novelists asking for the same impossible gift as did the German Minnesingers long before them and the old Norse Saga writers long before that.
The old Bards and Minnesingers had advantages which we do not possess -- and Thomas Moore, singing his own songs, was, in the most legitimate manner, perfecting them as poems.
Building on observations by Tilman Seebass and Marc Lewon, he offers an excellent exposition of the symbolic link between images of the minnesinger Frauenlob and the Boethian figure of Lady Music.
The Zbraslav Chronicle states that under John of Luxembourg Prague experienced a change in the universal demeanour, including the fashion of dress, as well as an increase in the popularity of singing in the manner of Neidhart von Reuental, with the name of the famed German minnesinger having become synonymous with satire (even Master Jan Hus still used the verb "to neidhart", in the sense of "spoofing").
Amour courtois ("courtly love"), for instance, between a troubadour or minnesinger and a lady, meant that both were in love, not with a real person they could ever properly get to know in all details of admired strengths and accepted weaknesses, but with a cultural or personal image of femininity / masculinity.
1381) depicts a temple of Glass as the temple of Venus while folk legends attributed to the minnesinger Tannhauser depicts the abode of Venus as the interior of a mountain (Venusberg) (ca.
Ya que tanto los juglares de la gesta castellana como el Minnesinger aleman comparten una actitud que excede la mera tolerancia y propugna mas bien la exaltacion de Feirefiz y Mudarra, representados como superiores en fuerza y honor a sus medios hermanos sin mezcla etnica.
The 13th and 14th centuries saw Courtly Love pervading European literature; the romances and minnesinger lyrics of Germany are witnesses to its power, as are also the vernacular songs of Italy and England.
Others again are thematically conceived, dealing with war in literary texts, the function of the hero's wife, the minnesinger's rejection of his lady, problems of lyric transmission.