In a tradition that goes back to the days of the minstrel show, the banjo player doubled as a comedian.
I started with a minstrel show, making eight bucks a night, three nights a week.
What kind of minstrel show he gave to win his freedom is not known.
The idea that Cyrus staged what amounts to a minstrel show Sunday night is an interesting, though debatable, one.
They perceived it as symbolic sexual service in the minstrel lane.
He had joined a minstrel show somewhere and had become an "end-man."
"I trust that I am a better bowman than a minstrel," said he.
The troubadour, minstrel and jongleur or joglar, were not the same in dignity.
The harp of the minstrel is untruly touched, if his own glory is all that it records.
A minstrel who made a great hit with "Jim Crow" once gave me a valuable lesson on table manners.
early 13c., from Old French menestrel "entertainer, poet, musician; servant, workman; good-for-nothing, rogue," from Medieval Latin ministralis "servant, jester, singer," from Late Latin ministerialem (nominative ministerialis) "imperial household officer, one having an official duty," from ministerialis (adj.) "ministerial," from Latin ministerium (see ministry). The connecting notion is via the jester, etc., as a court position.
Specific sense of "musician" developed in Old French, but in English until 16c. the word was used of anyone (singers, storytellers, jugglers, buffoons) whose profession was to entertain patrons. Only in 18c. was the word limited, in a historical sense, to "medieval singer of heroic or lyric poetry who accompanied himself on a stringed instrument." Reference to blackface music acts in U.S. is from 1843.
(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.