Definition of minstrelsy in English:

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minstrelsy

Pronunciation: /ˈminstrəlsē/

noun

The practice of performing as a minstrel: a long tradition of minstrelsy
More example sentences
  • In their dancing, in their minstrelsy and then in ragtime, black Americans were insisting on setting European-style music free by refusing to be restricted to a ground beat.
  • Such characters emerged in late eighteenth-century plays and sheet music, and became mainstays of nineteenth-century minstrelsy.
  • After emancipation in 1863, minstrelsy was taken over increasingly by black performers.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French menestralsie, from menestrel (see minstrel).

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Syllabification: min·strel·sy

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