minstrelsy

[min-struhl-see]
noun
1.
the art or practice of a minstrel.
2.
minstrels' songs, ballads, etc.: a collection of Scottish minstrelsy.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English minstralcie (< Anglo-French menestralsie) < Anglo-Latin ministralcia, menestralcia. See minstrel, -cy

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minstrelsy (ˈmɪnstrəlsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  the art of a minstrel
2.  the poems, music, or songs of a minstrel
3.  a troupe of minstrels

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minstrelsy
13c., from Anglo-Fr. menestralsie, from O.Fr. menestrel (see minstrel).
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Some have claimed this portrayal comes too close to minstrelsy for comfort.
Of late years too many innovations have been made that do not belong to minstrelsy.
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