Definition of Meistersinger in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪstəsɪŋə/

noun (plural same or Meistersingers)

A member of one of the guilds of German lyric poets and musicians which flourished from the 12th to 17th century, known for their elaborate technique.
Example sentences
  • The song contest in Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg probably reflects the existence of a similar tradition among the German Meistersinger.
  • It's a stately reading, full of ceremony and pageantry, like the Meistersinger overture, which Mahler suggested should be programmed in concert before his Seventh, to give the audience a foretaste of where they would wind up.
  • Durer's own poetry is, Professor Price tells us, in a populist idiom, comparable to that of Hans Sachs, the Meistersinger, but, at its best, it is by no means negligible.


German, from Meister 'master' + Singer 'singer'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Meis¦ter|singer

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.