Minstrel vs Trouveur - What's the difference?

minstrel | trouveur |


As nouns the difference between minstrel and trouveur

is that minstrel is (historical) a medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment while trouveur is (dated) a minstrel, a troubadour.

minstrel

Noun

(en noun)
  • (historical) A medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment.
  • One of a troupe of entertainers who wore black makeup (blackface) to present a variety show of song, dance and banjo music; now considered racist.
  • Quotations

    * 1885 — *: A wandering minstrel I — *: A thing of shreds and patches, *: Of ballads, songs and snatches,

    Synonyms

    * (traveling musical entertainer) bard, folk singer, troubadour

    See also

    * vaudeville

    trouveur

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (dated) A minstrel, a troubadour.
  • * 1796 , '', Book IV, 1829, ''The Poetical Works of Robert Southey , page 16,
  • Meantime the Trouveur struck the harp; he sang
    Of Lancelot du Lake, the truest Knight
    That ever loved fair Lady;
  • * 1834 , Robert Thomson, Treatise on the Progress of Literature and its Effects on Society , page 81,
  • But, secondly, a great many of these tales were borrowed from the narratives of the trouveurs or minstrels who wandered through the north of France, relating stories or reciting poems for the amusement of their entertainers.
  • * 1835 , , Curiosities of Literature , First Series, page 118,
  • The origin of these tales must be traced to the inventions of the Trouveurs , who doubtless often adopted them from various nations.
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