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Middle English menestrel, from Old French menestral (entertainer, servant, official) from Latin ministerialis (servant), from ministerium (service), from minister (servant). More at minister.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɪnstɹəl/
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minstrel (plural minstrels)

  1. (historical) A medieval traveling entertainer who would sing and recite poetry, often to his own musical accompaniment.
  2. (US) One of a troupe of entertainers who wore black makeup (blackface) to present a so-called minstrel show, being a variety show of song, dance and banjo music.

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