• WordNet 3.6
    • n minstrelsy the art of a minstrel
    • n minstrelsy ballads sung by minstrels
    • n minstrelsy a troupe of minstrels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minstrelsy A collective body of minstrels, or musicians; also, a collective body of minstrels' songs. "The minstrelsy of heaven."
    • Minstrelsy Musical instruments.
    • Minstrelsy The arts and occupation of minstrels; the singing and playing of a minstrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minstrelsy The art or occupation of minstrels; singing and playing in the manner of a minstrel; lyrical song and music.
    • n minstrelsy An assemblage or company of minstrels; a body of singers and players.
    • n minstrelsy A collection of instruments used by minstrels.
    • n minstrelsy A collection or body of lyrical songs and ballad poetry, such as were sung by minstrels: as, Scott's “Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minstrelsy the art or occupation of a minstrel: a company or body of minstrels: a collection of songs:
    • n Minstrelsy (Chaucer) instrumental music
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. menestrel—Low L. ministralis—L. minister.


In literature:

At last, with the rising of the sun he heard a burst of minstrelsy.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
The weird Highland minstrelsy seemed quite in keeping with the place and solemn scene.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Who has it, he thinks all the song and all the minstrelsy of earth naught but sorrow and woe (compared) thereto.
"The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises" by Richard Rolle of Hampole
Sheldon's Minstrelsy of the English Border, 49.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
No well-defined frontier can be laid down between the three chief departments of ballad minstrelsy.
"The Balladists" by John Geddie
As an imitation of our Northern minstrelsy given by a band of uneducated negro musicians, the performance was a wonderful success.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
Can you renounce the pleasures of a court, Whose roofs resound with minstrelsy and mirth?
"Percy" by Hannah More
Thou hast a blessed minstrelsy on high.
"The Baptist Magazine, Vol. 27, January, 1835" by Various
Minstrelsy should be mobilized.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 26, 1920" by Various
I., or the "Minstrelsy," of that date.
"Notes and Queries, Number 237, May 13, 1854" by Various

In poetry:

Frozen, they burst to life,
To nature's minstrelsy--
A resurrection type
Of immortality.
"The Lilies" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Yea, and even when the rain
Of sweet April falls on me,
I can hear a beloved refrain
In the welcome minstrelsy;
"The Footfarer" by Charles Hanson Towne
"I had last night a dream of thee,
"Resembling those divine ones, given,
"Like preludes to sweet minstrelsy,
"Before thou camest thyself from heaven.
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore
Wave and wind and willow-tree
Know not aught of poets' rhyming,
Yet they make a silver-chiming
Sunward-climbing minstrelsy,
Soother than all songs that be.
"A Song Of Three Singers" by William Watson
When in my silent solitary walk,
I sought a strain not all unworthy Thee,
My heart, still ringing with wild worldly talk,
Gave forth no note of holier minstrelsy.
"Dedication" by John Keble
What bard unknown hath deign'd to bring
To such as me an offering
Of verse, which might not shame
The sweetest lyre, the proudest lay,
That ever wak'd its minstrelsy
To liberty or fame?
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Darkest America parses the queasy appeal of minstrelsy.
"It was shocking," write Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen in Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop (W.
The " Gram 's Gang" team to benefit the Alzheimer's Association will hold a benefit fundraising concert at 8 pm Nov 10 at Haywood's on the Green, featuring Mountain Minstrelsy.
Richard Dyer-Bennet's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy .
'Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy From Slavery to Hip-Hop'.
Stop Accusing Herman Cain of Minstrelsy .
Stop Accusing Herman Cain of Minstrelsy.
A few years ago, while I was teaching a graduate seminar, the subject turned to blackface minstrelsy, one of America's first popular art forms.
Richard Dyer- Bennet 's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy.
Richard Dyer -Bennet's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy.