Orig. a servant or handyman with specific functions; later, a person hired by a court or its lord to make music and sing, also to act and clown. In the 12c they were condemned in *canon law by Gratian (d. 1159), and later in the decretals of Pope Gregory IX, 1227-41. [< OldFr. menestral = entertainer]

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