• WordNet 3.6
    • n jongleur a singer of folk songs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jongleur A juggler; a conjuror. See Juggler.
    • Jongleur In the Middle Ages, a court attendant or other person who, for hire, recited or sang verses, usually of his own composition. See Troubadour. "Vivacity and picturesquenees of the jongleur's verse."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jongleur In medieval France, and in England under the Norman kings, a minstrel who went from place to place singing songs, generally of his own composition and to his own accompaniment; later, a mountebank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jongleur zhong′gler a minstrel: a mountebank.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. jongleur,. See Juggler
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. jogleor—L. joculator; cf. Juggler.


In literature:

The musician ceased to be a wandering "jongleur" and became a highly valued member of the community.
"The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik van Loon
Minstrels and jongleurs draw custom and so claim to pay no score, except for liquor.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
So, though I still welcome jongleur and minstrel, I bid them sing their newest conceits.
"Rienzi" by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Sancho, forward, in a high sweet voice like a jongleur's voice, was singing to the men an endless ballad.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
I am, so to speak, a jongleur.
"The Trees of Pride" by G.K. Chesterton
As among the Scotch Highlanders, the Australians and the Zulus, the Red Indian jongleur is visited by the spirits.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
And is not all this what every dissour and jongleur tells us of in his stories of Merlin?
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Presently they start into dances, and their steps accompany the words, still more like the custom of the jongleurs.
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
The Jongleurs were essentially a French institution, and no class of musicians similar to them existed in Germany.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
The earliest information we have of the use of the Geige in France is in connection with the Jongleurs.
"The Violin" by George Hart

In poetry:

O hole in the wall here, be thou my jongleur,
And though thou sighest my sorrow in the wind,
Keep yet my secret in thy breast here;
Even as I keep her image in my heart here.
"Marvoil" by Ezra Pound
Behold me, Vidal, that was fool of fools!
Swift as the king wolf was I and as strong
When tall stags fled me through the alder brakes,
And every jongleur knew me in his song,
And the hounds fled and the deer fled
And none fled over long.
"Piere Vidal Old" by Ezra Pound