Meaning of minstrel

min•strel

Pronunciation: (min'strul), [key]
— n.
  1. a medieval poet and musician who sang or recited while accompanying himself on a stringed instrument, either as a member of a noble household or as an itinerant troubadour.
  2. a musician, singer, or poet.
  3. one of a troupe of comedians, usually white men made up as black performers, presenting songs, jokes, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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