E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Troubadours (3 syl.).
Minstrels of the south of France in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries; so called from the Provençal verb troubar (to invent). Our word poet signifies exactly the same thing, being the Greek for create. (See TROUVÈRES.)