jest·​er | \ ˈje-stər How to pronounce jester (audio) \

Definition of jester

2 : one given to jests

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Examples of jester in a Sentence

a gentle jester, the cartoonist more often tries to evoke a broad smile than a hearty guffaw the king called for some much-needed entertainment from his jester
Recent Examples on the Web Stephens took a white figure and put a jester hat on it. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, "Playmobil’s Plan to Infiltrate Your Workplace," 23 Dec. 2019 For the ninth year the department of music at Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University will stage a Renaissance-themed evening with wandering minstrels, a court jester and a holiday feast. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Nutcrackers, Christmas concerts and shows to get into the mistletoe mood," 4 Dec. 2019 Larry Paulsen is spry and shrewd as Olivia’s jester, Feste. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: The accent is on the hilarious at the Denver Center’s “Twelfth Night”," 30 Nov. 2019 Sanchez’s stellar defense and role as the clubhouse jester could convince the Sox to keep him in a utility role, although MLB Trade Rumors projects his arbitration salary at $6.2 million, which is hefty for a backup. Paul Sullivan,, "White Sox are entering a key offseason in Year 4 of the rebuild. Here are some options at 6 areas of need.," 5 Nov. 2019 The lead character, a jester known as the Lord of Misrule, runs the manor for the evening with lots of over-the-top pomp. Los Angeles Times, "How to get tickets to Yosemite’s Bracebridge Dinner holiday pageant," 15 Oct. 2019 Iranian women, wearing jester hats and face paint, blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they've been allowed to freely attend in nearly 40 years. Fox News, "Iranian women attend soccer game for first time in nearly 40 years.," 11 Oct. 2019 These wonderful jesters are making late-night better, one ah ah ah at a time. Ew Staff,, "The TV It List: 10 storytellers revolutionizing the small screen," 12 Sep. 2019 There were also exaggerated silhouettes, with some looking jester-like and others resembling colorful ribbons or gift wrap. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The Big Takeaway From NYFW 2019: Find More Joy," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of jester

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jester

Middle English gestour "reciter of romances, minstrel, entertainer," from gesten "to recite romances" + -our -er entry 2 — more at jest entry 2

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The first known use of jester was in the 15th century

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jester.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jester

: a man who in the past was kept by a ruler to amuse people by acting silly and telling jokes


jest·​er | \ ˈjes-tər How to pronounce jester (audio) \

Kids Definition of jester

: a person formerly kept in royal courts to amuse people

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