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Meistersinger

[mahy-ster-sing-er, -zing-] /ˈmaɪ stərˌsɪŋ ər, -ˌzɪŋ-/
noun, plural Meistersinger, Meistersingers for 1.
1.
Also, mastersinger. a member of one of the guilds, chiefly of workingmen, established during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries in the principal cities of Germany, for the cultivation of poetry and music.
2.
(italics) Die [dee] /di/ (Show IPA) an opera (1867) by Richard Wagner.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < German: master singer
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Meistersinger

/ˈmaɪstəˌsɪŋə/
noun (pl) -singer, -singers
1.
a member of one of the various German guilds of workers or craftsmen organized to compose and perform poetry and music. These flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin
C19: German: master singer
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Word Origin and History for Meistersinger

meistersinger

n.

1845, from German Meistersinger, literally "master singer;" see master (adj.) + singer.

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