Definition of Meistersinger in English:


nounplural noun Meistersinger

  • A member of one of the guilds of German lyric poets and musicians that flourished from the 12th to 17th century. Their technique was elaborate and they were subject to rigid regulations.

    ‘The song contest in Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg probably reflects the existence of a similar tradition among the German Meistersinger.’
    • ‘It's a stately reading, full of ceremony and pageantry, like the Meistersinger overture, which Mahler suggested should be programmed in concert before his Seventh, to give the audience a foretaste of where they would wind up.’
    • ‘Durer's own poetry is, Professor Price tells us, in a populist idiom, comparable to that of Hans Sachs, the Meistersinger, but, at its best, it is by no means negligible.’
    • ‘The Meistersingers from Tokyo Conductor Masaaki Suzuki and his Japanese Bach Collegium left audiences speechless in a recent tour of Germany.’
    • ‘James Levine does not plumb the score's expressive depths with the intellectual insight and expressive wisdom of the great Meistersinger conductors of the past, but I suppose that is my problem.’



/ˈmīstərˌsiNGər/ /ˈmaɪstərˌsɪŋər/


German, from Meister ‘master’ + Singer ‘singer’.