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[tan-hoi-zer, -hou-; German tahn-hoi-zuh r] /ˈtænˌhɔɪ zər, -ˌhaʊ-; German ˈtɑnˌhɔɪ zər/
a German lyric poet of the 13th century: a well-known legend tells of his stay with Venus in the Venusberg and his later repentance.
(italics) an opera (1845) by Richard Wagner. Unabridged
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  • Certainly nothing in the world is so solemn and impressive and so divinely beautiful as "tannhauser."

  • Roger knew German and offered to do the French translation of tannhauser.

    My Recollections Jules Massenet
  • Queerly enough, he selected a theater where the opera of "tannhauser" was to be performed.

    The Wedge of Gold C. C. Goodwin
  • Had tannhauser kept his counsel and married the girl, the opera would have closed at the second act.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • tannhauser did not go to a Venusberg, but to a Pleasure City.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • After this came the first of his great operas, tannhauser, the story of the struggle of a soul between good and evil.

    Woman's Club Work and Programs Caroline French Benton
  • It is very effective in many operas, as in “The Prophet” and “tannhauser.”

  • Mrs. Bantam passed out into the kitchen, her voice trailing distantly away like the voices of the Pilgrims in tannhauser.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • tannhauser was the next opera, and performed as carefully as Lohengrin.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • He also liked to declaim the magnificent recitative of Pilgrimage in the third act of tannhauser.

    Musical Memories Camille Saint-Sans
British Dictionary definitions for tannhauser


13th-century German minnesinger, commonly identified with a legendary knight who sought papal absolution after years spent in revelry with Venus. The legend forms the basis of an opera by Wagner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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