jester

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

Definition of jester

2 : one given to jests

Keep scrolling for more

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

According to royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl, Kate's badges included the housekeeping badge, the jester badge, and the toy making badge. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Obsessed About Earning Badges in Her Girl Scout Troop as a Kid," 17 Mar. 2019 There were nods to clowns and jesters, but most stunning was the live acrobatic performance that unfolded. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Had Live Acrobats Perform on Its Couture Runway," 22 Jan. 2019 Rigoletto, a hunchbacked court jester to a libertine duke, is obsessed with protecting his young daughter from men. Angela Rocco Decarlo, WSJ, "Merry Christmas, Don Corleone," 20 Dec. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s victory might be a shocker for the clueless Democratic establishment and their jesters but not Sanders supporters. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "It's a bad week to be a Democratic boss," 27 June 2018 The dining room of his more casual space bears hints of a French Quarter tourist trap, with Mardi Gras beads and jester’s masks slung over a wall sconce. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 2018 With the other hand, the jester points his finger at the puppet, scolding him. Devlyn Camp, Chicago Reader, "History / LGBTQ+ / News What I learned about gay pride from the Mattachine Society," 22 June 2018 Right, the court jester who once leaned into James during a timeout and blew in his ear. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "LeBron James’ Lakers may win someday, but not now," 7 July 2018 Trump’s unorthodox presidency has been a boon for the satire industry: Many late-night hosts are reaping more jokes and greater cultural authority by continuing the Shakespearean tradition of the jester speaking truth to power. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Comedy scorecard: Winners and losers in the Trump era," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jester.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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 gest entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jester

Dictionary Entries near jester

jest

jestbook

jestee

jester

jestingly

Jesuit

Jesuit berry

Statistics for jester

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for jester

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for jester

jester

noun

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

jester

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

Kids Definition of jester

: a person formerly kept in royal courts to amuse people

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on jester

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with jester

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for jester

Spanish Central: Translation of jester

Nglish: Translation of jester for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of jester for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jester

Comments on jester

What made you want to look up jester? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!