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[troo-vair; French troo-ver] /truˈvɛər; French truˈvɛr/
noun, plural trouvères
[troo-vairz; French troo-ver] /truˈvɛərz; French truˈvɛr/ (Show IPA)
one of a class of medieval poets who flourished in northern France during the 12th and 13th centuries, wrote in langue d'oïl, and composed chiefly the chansons de geste and works on the themes of courtly love.
Also, trouveur.
Compare troubadour (def 1).
Origin of trouvère
1785-95; < French; Old French troveor, equivalent to trov(er) to find, compose (see trover) + -eor < Latin -ātor -ator Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for trouvere
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  • trouvere was the name given to certain "improvisers," or poets, of northern France.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • All he had to do would be to inquire after the celebrated Mylio the trouvere.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • (Addressing the trouvere with a redoubled affectation of grotesque anger) Vagabond!

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • Wace, the Norman-French trouvere, dedicated to her his 'Brut.'

  • A troubadour or trouvere was a poet who sang his own compositions to his own music.

  • The trouvere re-enters the garden and speedily issues out of it with Florette, whom he has wrapped in his cloak.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • The trouvere walks rapidly towards the hedge, holding Florette by the hand.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • Foulques of Bercy, on his part, surprised at seeing the trouvere suddenly armed, remains for a moment in perplexity.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • Goose-Skin runs after the trouvere, and imitating the gestures of the deaf-and-dumb, indicates that he pledges himself to silence.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • The witnesses to the combat hurry to bring aid to the vanquished, and for an instant forget the trouvere.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for trouvere


/truːˈvɛə; French truvɛr/
any of a group of poets of N France during the 12th and 13th centuries who composed chiefly narrative works
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French troveor, from trover to compose; related to troubadour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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