|1.||a medieval wandering musician who performed songs or recited poetry with instrumental accompaniment|
|2.||a performer in a minstrel show|
|3.||archaic, poetic or any poet, musician, or singer|
|[C13: from Old French menestral, from Late Latin ministeriālis an official, from Latin |
(Matt. 9:23), a flute-player. Such music was a usual accompaniment of funerals. In 2 Kings 3:15 it denotes a player on a stringed instrument.