A musician; often used specifically of a musician who performed on a harp. The anglicised form 'gleeman' came to indicate a minstrel. The word came later to refer to a part-song. [< OldEngl. gleo = entertainment, music + man] -

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  • gleeman — noun Etymology: Middle English gleman, from Old English glēoman, from glēo + man man Date: before 12th century jongleur …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gleeman — /glee meuhn/, n., pl. gleemen. (in medieval times) an itinerant singer; minstrel. [bef. 900; ME; OE gleoman. See GLEE1, MAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • minstrel — /min streuhl/, n. 1. a medieval poet and musician who sang or recited while accompanying himself on a stringed instrument, either as a member of a noble household or as an itinerant troubadour. 2. a musician, singer, or poet. 3. one of a troupe… …   Universalium

  • Fableor — Successor of the wandering minstrel, the fableor told stories without musical accompaniment. [< Lat. fabulor = to talk, tell a story] Cf. Gleoman; Troubadour …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • gleeman — [glē′mən] n. pl. gleemen [glē′mən] [ME gleman < OE gleoman: see GLEE & MAN] Obs. a medieval minstrel …   English World dictionary

  • gleeman — ˈglēmən noun (plural gleemen) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English glēoman, from glēo entertainment, music + man : a medieval usually itinerant professional entertainer (as in England or Scotland) who sang songs often to his own… …   Useful english dictionary

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