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minstrelsy Line breaks: min|strel¦sy
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnstr(ə)lsi/

Definition of minstrelsy in English:


[mass noun]
The activity of performing as a minstrel or the occupation of 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.


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

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