noun, plural Mei·ster·sing·er, Mei·ster·sing·ers for 1.

  1. Also mastersinger. a member of one of the guilds, chiefly of workingmen, established during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries in the principal cities of Germany, for the cultivation of poetry and music.
  2. (italics) Die [dee] /di/, an opera (1867) by Richard Wagner.

noun plural -singer or -singers

  1. a member of one of the various German guilds of workers or craftsmen organized to compose and perform poetry and music. These flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries

n.1845, from German Meistersinger, literally “master singer;” see master (adj.) + singer.

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