Entry from US English dictionary
A popular stage entertainment featuring songs, dances, and comic dialogue in highly conventionalized patterns, usually performed by white actors in blackface. It developed in the US in the early and mid 19th century.
- Most of this was in vaudeville, where black casts replaced black-faced ones and performed the minstrel show songs and dances to delighted white audiences.
- Two weeks later, and perhaps entirely by coincidence, the Elks club of Lake City hosted a blackface minstrel show and urged attendees to ‘lay aside your worries, and enjoy the occasion.’
- In the course of my research, I learned about the role the Irish played in the development of the black-faced minstrel show.
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Syllabification: min·strel show
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