one of a class of German lyric poets and singers of the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries.

1815–25; < German, equivalent to Minne love + Singer singer

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minnesinger (ˈmɪnɪˌsɪŋə)
one of the German lyric poets and musicians of the 12th to 14th centuries
[C19: from German: love-singer]

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Word Origin & History

1825, from Ger., from minne "love," esp. "sexual love," from O.H.G. minna "loving memory," originally "memory" (see mind (n.)) + singer (see 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.
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