In the Middle Ages, one of an order of men who subsisted by the arts of poetry and music, and sang verses to the accompaniment of a harp or other instrument; in modern times, a poet; a bard; a singer and harper; a musician.
professional entertainers from the twelfth to the seventeenth century who covered a wide range of activities from light farce to the performance of serious songs, they included acrobats, jugglers and professional musicians. In some contexts in medieval Europe, the term was the equivalent of jongleur. Later, from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries the term was equavalent to wait or civic musician. [KJB