jongleur

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jongleur (Fr., ‘juggler’). Medieval Fr. mus. entertainer or wandering minstrel who sang, played an instr., and was juggler and acrobat. See Meistersinger, ménestrel, and Minnesinger.

jongleur

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jongleur itinerant minstrel in medieval France. XVIII. — F., alt. of jougleur (OF. jogleor) (see JUGGLER).

jongleur

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jongleur in the Middle Ages, an itinerant minstrel. The word is French, a variant of jougleur ‘juggler’, earlier jogleor ‘pleasant, smiling’, from Latin joculator ‘joker’.