Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the German lyric poets and singers in the troubadour tradition who flourished from the 12th to the 14th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In 12th-14th century Germany, a peripatetic musician, often performing songs of courtly love

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A love-singer; specifically, one of a class of German poets and musicians who flourished from about the middle of the twelfth to the middle of the fourteenth century. They were chiefly of noble birth, and made love and beauty the subjects of their verses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a class of German lyric poets and singers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, so called because love was the chief theme of their poems.

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German : minne, love (from Old High German minna) + singer, singer; see Meistersinger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • His last production as a minnesinger was a prescription for a "virtue-electuary."

    Jewish Literature and Other Essays

  • There is also the possibility that their ubiquitous ‘lady’—she who must be obeyed, if only from a chaste distance, was meant to be understood at an esoteric level as something else, as their German name of minnesinger suggests.

    The Templar Revelation

  • For example, it actually makes the statement: ‘God is the Universal Mother…’ and clearly reveals a strong Cathar inspiration, besides that of the troubadour/minnesinger tradition18.

    The Templar Revelation

  • Holm followed as best he could and got in many a splendid howl, though as a minnesinger he held no brief for his own powers.

    The Road Leads On

  • His orders are terse and clear, like those of the others, agents of the Pope, Pope got religion, go out 'n' find that minnesinger, he's a good guy after all ....

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • He played upon the harp with more than common skill, and could personate the regular minnesinger to perfection.

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

  • "Humbert!" exclaimed the youth, in a searching whisper, "would you like to play the minnesinger in this storm?"

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

  • And sometimes in the long winter evenings, when the fire sparkled brightly and the old man was garrulous with joy, he would tell how he once entered a hostile castle as a minnesinger with a noble lover, and how the knight defied the angry father.

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

  • "Do you remember Ailred of Zurich, the minnesinger?"

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

  • "But -- I cannot leave Humbert," said the youth, pointing to the frightened minnesinger.

    The Truce of God A Tale of the Eleventh Century

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