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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Minstrel  \Min"strel\,  n.  [OE.  minstrel,  menestral,  OF 
  menestrel  fr  LL  ministerialis  servant,  workman  (cf. 
  ministrellus  harpist),  fr  L.  ministerium  service.  See 
  {Ministry},  and  cf  {Ministerial}.] 
  In  the  Middle  Ages,  one  of  an  order  of  men  who  subsisted  by 
  the  arts  of  poetry  and  music,  and  sang  verses  to  the 
  accompaniment  of  a  harp  or  other  instrument;  in  modern  times, 
  a  poet;  a  bard;  a  singer  and  harper;  a  musician.  --Chaucer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  singer  of  folk  songs  [syn:  {folk  singer},  {jongleur},  {poet-singer}, 
  2:  a  performer  in  a  minstrel  show 
  v  :  celebrate  by  singing,  in  the  style  of  minstrels 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Matt.  9:23),  a  flute-player.  Such  music  was  a  usual 
  accompaniment  of  funerals.  In  2  Kings  3:15  it  denotes  a  player 
  on  a  stringed  instrument. 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MINSTREL,  adj  Formerly  a  poet,  singer  or  musician;  now  a  nigger  with 
  a  color  less  than  skin  deep  and  a  humor  more  than  flesh  and  blood  can 

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