Definition of troubadour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtruːbədɔː/


1A French medieval lyric poet composing and singing in Provençal in the 11th to 13th centuries, especially on the theme of courtly love.
Example sentences
  • The term buskers originates from an old French word for troubadours - minstrels, love singers or poets.
  • Provenal literature in the medieval period consisted chiefly of the lyric poetry composed by the troubadours for the feudal courts of the Midi, northern Italy, and Spain.
  • Only the wealthy could afford elaborate tombs, commission altarpieces or frescos, or had the time and skills required to record the ballads sung by troubadours at court or peasants in the fields.
minstrel, singer, balladeer, poet
historical jongleur, trouvère, trouveur, Minnesinger
rare joculator
1.1A poet who writes verse to music.
Example sentences
  • This is a great piece of work from a veteran troubadour, and should be a prominent part of your music collection.
  • Near the end of their set, their music mellowed considerably, going for more of a folky troubadour vibe.
  • Tim saw himself as a troubadour, a poet singing from the heart.


French, from Provençal trobador, from trobar 'find, invent, compose in verse'.

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