Definition of minnesinger in English:

minnesinger

noun

  • A German lyric poet and singer of the 12th–14th centuries who performed songs of courtly love.

    • ‘When singing, the Minnesingers accompanied themselves with either the lute or the harp.’
    • ‘The music here is traditional, and is performed the way the Minnesingers wrote it - history was kind to their songs, and many survived to this day.’
    • ‘Meistersingers were the successors of the German Minnesingers.’
    • ‘In fact Neidhart was the only Minnesinger whose music was printed during the Renaissance.’
    • ‘The presence of foreign musicians from the 12th century onwards is a sign that the music of the troubadours and the German Minnesinger was cultivated by the court.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from German Minnesinger love-singer.

Pronunciation:

minnesinger

/-əˌziNGər//ˈminiˌsiNGər/