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

Definition of jester

2 : one given to jests

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 The king thought the whole situation was pretty funny and suggested John be made into a court jester. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 For Thunberg’s delegation, there was none of the court jester humiliation that had befallen early trips to Edo—no need to sing and dance for the shogun. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 On Breaking Bad, Saul had been a world-wise jester, all quips and garish suits. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 The jester archetype wants to live the moment and invites you to as well. Tolulope Adedeji, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 The golden, iconographic necklaces, headpieces, and bracelets, paired with Moroccan-style jester shoes, defined the label’s vision of a multicultural runway. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 Willem Dafoe plays Heimir the Fool—half jester, half mad prophet. Erik Kain, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The baritone Quinn Kelsey, a Met stalwart for over a decade, had a breakthrough as the jester Rigoletto, part of the retinue of the lecherous Duke of Mantua. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 Baseball can treat a player like a king on a throne or court jester without a joke. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Jester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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