Troubadours

(3 syl.). Minstrels of the south of France in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries; so called from the Provencal verb troubar (to invent). Our word poet signifies exactly the same thing, being the Greek for “create.” (See Trouvères.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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