gest

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noun \ˈjest\
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geste

Definition of gest

  1. 1 :  a tale of adventures; especially :  a romance in verse

  2. 2 :  adventure, exploit knightly gests

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Examples of gest in a sentence

  1. before packing it all in, he was looking for one grand gest that would serve as a fitting finale for his life

Did You Know?

Let the Queen know of our gests, Antony instructs his men after a hard-won victory on the battlefield in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra." Great deeds and heroic acts have been the stuff of gests since medieval days; in fact, the word is more often associated with knights and heroes of old than with modern adventurers. We may not be hearing about many 21st century "gests," but we do frequently encounter other relatives of the word. "Gest" traces to Latin gestus, the past participle of the verb "gerere," which means "to wage," "to bear," or "to carry," among other things. That Latin verb gave us stoutly enduring words like "gesture," "ingest," "jest," "register," and "suggest."

Origin and Etymology of gest

Middle English geste — more at jest


First Known Use: 13th century



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