jongleur

jongleur

[jong-gler; French zhawn-glœr]
noun, plural jongleurs [jong-glerz; French zhawn-glœr] .
(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:
1755–65; < French; Middle French jougleur (perhaps by misreading, ou being read on), Old French jogleor < Latin joculātor joker, equivalent to joculā() to joke + -tor -tor

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To jongleur
Collins
World English Dictionary
jongleur (French ʒɔ̃ɡlœr)
 
n
(in medieval France) an itinerant minstrel
 
[C18: from Old French jogleour, from Latin joculātor joker, jester; see juggle]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

jongleur
"wandering minstrel," 1779, from Norm.Fr. jongleur, variant of O.Fr. jogleor, from L. joculatorem "jester, joker" (see juggler).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature