troubadour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n troubadour a singer of folk songs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Troubadour One of a school of poets who flourished from the eleventh to the thirteenth century, principally in Provence, in the south of France, and also in the north of Italy. They invented, and especially cultivated, a kind of lyrical poetry characterized by intricacy of meter and rhyme, and usually of a romantic, amatory strain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n troubadour One of a class of early poets who first appeared in Provence, France. The troubadours were considered the inventors of a species of lyrical poetry, characterized by an almost entire devotion to the subject of chivalric love, and generally very complicated in regard to meter and rime. They flourished from the eleventh to the latter part of the thirteenth century, principally in the south of France, Catalonia, Aragon, and northern Italy. The most renowned among the tronbadours were knights who cultivated music and poetry as a polite accomplishment; but the art declined, and in its later days was chiefly cultivated by an inferior class of minstrels. See trouvère.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Troubadour trōō′ba-dōōr one of a class of poets of chivalric love, who first appeared in Provence, and flourished from the 11th to the 13th century (see Langue d'oc).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. troubadour, fr. Pr. trobador, (assumed) LL. tropator, a singer, tropare, to sing, fr. tropus, a kind of singing, a melody, song, L. tropus, a trope, a song, Gr. a turn, way, manner, particular mode in music, a trope. See Trope, and cf. Trouvre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., from Prov. trobadortrobar (Fr. trouver), to find—L. turbāre, to move.

Usage

In literature:

They used it with a skill and delicacy which was generally far superior to the style of the Troubadours.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
It fell to the lot of a wild troubadour named Taillefer to open the fight.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
Richard was not only a knight but a troubadour; and culture and courtesy were linked up with the idea of English valour.
"A Short History of England" by G. K. Chesterton
She loved this troubadour and not the Count.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
He could not afford to be known as a troubadour.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
FROM PEYRE VIDAL, THE TROUBADOUR.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
But just think what a lover Thayer would make, troubadouring around under windows!
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
The troubadour rode a mustang the color of a dry chili pepper, but with none of its spirit.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Troubadour phrases droned soothingly in his brain.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
It always makes me think of 'Gaily the troubadour.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
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In poetry:

A troubadour he played
Without a castle wall,
Within, a hapless maid
Responded to his call.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
SIR HUGH he darkly frowned,
"What would you, sir, with me?"
The troubadour he downed
Upon his bended knee.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
To hear her sing--with folded eyes,
It is, beneath Venetian skies,
To hear the gondoliers' refrain,
Or troubadours of sunny Spain.--
"To Hear Her Sing" by James Whitcomb Riley
"TELL me, Singer, of the way
Winding down to Arcady?
Of the world's roads I am weary--
You, with song so brave and cheery,
Happy troubadour must be
On the way to Arcady?"
"To Arcady" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
It is calling to me, though the breezes are telling
Gay troubadour tales to the stars as they roam;
For the tapers are lit in the humble old dwelling,
And the love that it sheltered is calling me home.
"Calling to Me" by John O Brien
"Come, list to the lay of the olden time,"
A troubadour sang on a moonlit stream:
"The scene is laid in a foreign clime,
"A century back--and love is the theme."
Love was the theme of the troubadour's rhyme,
Of lady and lord of the olden time
"Song Of The Troubadour." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Three Troubadours return for Hidden Valley concert.
Magazine just passed on this terrible news about one of America's last great troubadours.
Night and the City, the noirishly named debut album of D.C.'s Silo Halo, moves through a lot of sonic territory in 30 minutes: gloomy post-punk, damaged troubadour ballads, woozy yet tense dream pop.
Attached, is the Troubadour 's own art gallery, as well as a wine shop.
Jimmy Cliff @ Troubadour : June 27, 2012.
"In medieval days, troubadours went from household to household and they performed and sang for their supper," Weber says.
Troubadour by George Strait, published by MCA.
John Alden is an acquaintance of mine, so when he told me he put a video together for the George Strait " Troubadour Contest" well, it blew me away because I did not know that he could sing this good (sorry John).
Carole King & James Taylor: Live at the Troubadour .
Carole King and James Taylor return to the stage and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles' famed Troubadour nightclub.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Los Angeles' famed Troubadour nightclub.
Bonnie Raitt and other artists discuss the rise of women in country rock at the Troubadour .
Artists reflect on how the Troubadour launched careers in both country and rock.
Pearl Jam side project RNDM headed for Troubadour .
News stories tagged with " troubadour ".
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In science:

Could you help me with a translation? In our book Neil Ashcroft and I refer to Michael Fisher as “ gadfly and troubadour”.
My Life with Fisher
My theory is that “gadfly” has become ciety jak osa and troubadour has been expanded to wesoly jak trubadur.
My Life with Fisher
On the other hand, wesoly jak trubadur (literally “gay as a troubadour”) probably changes the intent. I am guessing wesoly was added for reasons of symmetry, to balance the ciety.
My Life with Fisher
Freund und Nachbar, Troubadour und laestiger Zeitgenosse, so in certain German circles, Michael is now becoming known as a troublesome contemporary.
My Life with Fisher
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