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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sirvente A peculiar species of poetry, for the most part devoted to moral and religious topics, and commonly satirical, -- often used by the troubadours of the Middle Ages.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sirvente In music, a service-song (so called in distinction from a love-song), a kind of song composed by the trouvères and troubadours of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, usually to satirize the faults and vices of the great and of the society of their day With the satire religious or love poetry was often mingled, forming curious contrasts. There were also political sirventes, such as those of the warrior poet Bertrand de Born, Viscount of Hautefort in Périgord, who moved peoples to strife, scattered his enemies, or expressed his emotions in verse of strange energy and consummate skill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sirvente sir-vont′ a satirical song of the 12th-13th century trouvères and troubadours.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sirvente, fr. Pr. sirventes, sirventesc, originally, the poem of, or concerning, a sirvent, fr. sirvent, properly, serving, n., one who serves (e. g., as a soldier), fr. servir, to serve, L. servire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

He calls it the Sirvente of Kings, and speaks much evil of your Order.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
The poems are not arranged chronologically, but are classified as Songs, Romances, Sirventes, Reveries, Plaints, Sonnets, Nuptial Songs, etc.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Serventois and Sirvente, 66.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury

In poetry:

as a young man Tennyson
wrote a virelai about venison,
which falls into the same group
with his sirvente about soup.
"Clerihew - Tennyson" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley