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minnesinger Syllabification: min·ne·sing·er
Pronunciation: /ˈminiˌsiNGər/ /-əˌziNGər/

Definition of minnesinger in English:


A German lyric poet and singer of the 12th-14th centuries who performed songs of courtly love.
Example sentences
  • The presence of foreign musicians from the 12th century onwards is a sign that the music of the troubadours and the German Minnesinger was cultivated by the court.
  • In fact Neidhart was the only Minnesinger whose music was printed during the Renaissance.
  • When singing, the Minnesingers accompanied themselves with either the lute or the harp.


Early 19th century: from German Minnesinger 'love-singer'.

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