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jongleur

[jong-gler; French zhawn-glœr] /ˈdʒɒŋ glər; French ʒɔ̃ˈglœr/
noun, plural jongleurs
[jong-glerz; French zhawn-glœr] /ˈdʒɒŋ glərz; French ʒɔ̃ˈglœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in medieval France and Norman England) an itinerant minstrel or entertainer who sang songs, often of his own composition, and told stories.
Compare goliard.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < French; Middle French jougleur (perhaps by misreading, ou being read on), Old French jogleor < Latin joculātor joker, equivalent to joculā() to joke + -tor -tor
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jongleur

/French ʒɔ̃ɡlœr/
noun
1.
(in medieval France) an itinerant minstrel
Word Origin
C18: from Old French jogleour, from Latin joculātor joker, jester; see juggle
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Word Origin and History for jongleur
n.

"wandering minstrel," 1779, from Norman-French jongleur, variant of Old French jogleor, from Latin ioculator "jester, joker" (see juggler). Revived in a technical sense by modern writers.

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