\ ˈjest How to pronounce geste (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gest

Definition of geste

1 archaic : deportment
2 archaic : gesture

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Examples of geste in a Sentence

historical fiction in which the hero faces every adversity with honorable geste
Recent Examples on the Web Il sera bien sûr pris en compte que le salarié regrette son geste et dit avoir agi sous le coup de l’émotion alors qu’il venait d’éviter de percuter le jeune, qui a traversé de façon dangereuse et qui a insulté le conducteur. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "300,000 sign petition backing bus driver who slapped child, 12, for running into street," 21 Sep. 2018 A: While opening his home was a beau geste on your friend's part, closing the door to his boss guest is easier said than done. Michelle Nicolosi,, "Workplace: What would you do if your boss asked to stay at your house? (Advice column)," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of geste

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for geste

Middle English geste, from Anglo-French, from Latin gestus, from gerere

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The first known use of geste was in the 14th century

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“Geste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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