What does the word minstrelsy mean?

Usage examples for minstrelsy

  1. After the banquet the Japanese were entertained by an exhibition of negro minstrelsy, got up by some of the sailors. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  2. The dying Lionel hears the song of the nightingale, and cries- 'Heardst thou not sweet words among That heaven- resounding minstrelsy? – Ideas of Good and Evil by William Butler Yeats
  3. The basis of minstrelsy will always be that which it is and has been, but you can't hand them the same things they've been accepting the past forty years and expect them to enjoy and buy it. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field