• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Minnesinger 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n minnesinger 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. They were chiefly or exclusively men of noble descent—knights, nobles, princes, and oven emperors. They sang their pieces to their own accompaniment on the viol, and often engaged in poetical contests for the gratification of princes and ladies of the court. Among the chief seats of the minnesingers were Swabia and Austria, and the leading dialect used was the Swabian. The minnesingers were succeeded by the mastersingers. See mastersinger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Minnesinger min′e-sing′ėr one of a school of German amatory lyric poets in the 12th and 13th centuries, mostly of noble birth.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., fr. minne, love + singen, to sing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. minne, love, singer, singer.


In literature:

The history of the Godfreys and the Minnesingers can evidently not cover the life of the peoples.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
Of Vogelwied, the Minnesinger, and his bequest to the birds.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Was it the thirteenth-century lyrics, the love-songs of the Minnesingers, which unfolded the germ?
"The Development of the Feeling for Nature in the Middle Ages and Modern Times" by Alfred Biese
Their court was frequented by minnesingers and knights-errant.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
They are no longer Minnesingers, but warriors of sanguineous complexion.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
The institution of chivalry, the troubadours, and minnesingers had played their part.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
When I read, it is her voice that seems to speak to me from the Minnesinger's poesy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844" by Various
What were now to him Minnesingers' poems and songs?
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
There he issued his great collection of German medieval romances, and of the works of the Minnesingers.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Yet, Suesskind von Trimberg was at once a Jew and a minnesinger.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles

In poetry:

To a cobbler Minnesinger
The marvellous stone gave he,—
And he gave it, in turn, to Keezar,
Who brought it over the sea.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Vogelweid the Minnesinger,
When he left this world of ours,
Laid his body in the cloister,
Under Würtzburg's minster towers.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then in vain with cries discordant,
Clamorous round the Gothic spire,
Screamed the feathered Minnesingers
For the children of the choir.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ask him if songs of the Troubadours,
Or of Minnesingers in old black-letter,
Sound in his ears more sweet than yours,
And if yours are not sweeter and wilder and better.
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From the chieftain's hand the wine-cup fell,
At the castle's festive board,
And a sudden pause came o'er the swell
Of the harp's triumphal chord;
And the Minnesinger's thrilling lay
In the hall died fast away.
"The Wild Huntsman" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Thus he grew up, in Logic point-device,
Perfect in Grammar, and in Rhetoric nice;
Science of Numbers, Geometric art,
And lore of Stars, and Music knew by heart;
A Minnesinger, long before the times
Of those who sang their love in Suabian rhymes.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Student's Tale; Emma and Eginhard" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow