Meaning of Minnesinger in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɪnɪsɪŋə/


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact Neidhart was the only Minnesinger whose music was printed during the Renaissance.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 19th century from German Minnesinger ‘love singer’.