Boyd’s Bible Dictionary:

Concise Bible Dictionary:

The word nagan signifies a player on a stringed instrument, a harpist, though used of players of any musical instrument. Elisha once when solicited to give advice asked for a minstrel to be brought, and “when the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord came upon him” (2 Kings 3:1515But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. (2 Kings 3:15)). The minstrels mentioned in Matthew 9:2323And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, (Matthew 9:23) were pipers or flute-players hired to assist in mourning.