1825, from Ger., from minne
"love," esp. "sexual love," from O.H.G. minna
"loving memory," originally "memory" (see mind
(n.)) + singer
). Medieval Ger. poets who imitated the troubadours. Ger. minne
by 1500 was no longer considered decent, and it became a taboo word until revived 18c. in poetic language.