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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 of jongleur
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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  • The troubadour, minstrel and jongleur or joglar, were not the same in dignity.

  • Their name, "jongleur," like "charity," covers a multitude of sins.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • But what is monk's or jongleur's lore compared with the true business of a born cavalier?

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • A jongleur was a singer who was not a poet, though he might make songs.

  • The jongleur in the hall played upon his crowth, and sang them Serventes, Lays, and songs of battle.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • As the minstrel was termed in French jongleur and jugleur; so he was called in Spanish jutglar and juglar.

  • After supper they must go immediately to bed, unless with the remainder of the castle they sit up for a jongleur.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • A jongleur is always received heartily and entertained with the best; the payment will be in songs and tricks after supper.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • Silent he stood before her, still as an effigy, while meltingly the jongleur sang.

    Chivalry James Branch Cabell
  • Every jongleur, when he runs out of more legitimate stories, chatters about godless priests.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for jongleur

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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