meistersinger (n.)

"member of one of the guilds or societies formed 14c.-16c. in principal cities of Germany for the cultivation of poetry and music," 1818, from German Meistersinger, literally "master singer;" see master (adj.) + singer. Typically composed of workmen, they succeeded the minnesingers, who usually were aristocratic. Earlier in the Englished form master-singer (by 1810).

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