Definition of jongleur in English:



  • An itinerant minstrel.

    • ‘Francofolies, he is called, this special time when minstrels and jongleurs assemble to share their dreams and secrets in the tongue of Moliere.’
    • ‘She has listened well to the tales the minstrels and jongleurs tell in private company, to the boasting of troubadours and the knights of the castle, and I care not to speculate on how this has come to pass.’
    • ‘Fo had developed the play - a series of episodes in the manner of Mystery Plays - over 15 to 20 years when researching the life of jongleurs, itinerant street entertainers.’
    • ‘First references to secular music indicate little more than clerical disapproval, but the Pemyslid court of the 11th to early 14th centuries encouraged the performances of the jongleurs and later Minnesinger.’
    • ‘Just how important minstrels and jongleurs were once can be seen by studying the Battle of Hastings in 1066.’


French, variant of jougleur ‘juggler’, earlier jogleor ‘pleasant, smiling’, from Latin joculator ‘joker’.