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 There amid the waxworks, Herman plays the court jester, as a few intimates unkindly note. New York Times, "David Fincher, the Unhappiest Auteur," 1 Jan. 2021 Feel free to experiment and express yourself with new and improved reactions, and may you long reign as the official Slack jester. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Emojis and reaction GIFs make Slack better. Here’s how to create them.," 8 Dec. 2020 His left hand is tattooed with a skull in a jester’s hat, a grim image offset by his lanky and not-quite-old-enough demeanor. Fatima Faizi, New York Times, "‘I Forget About the World:’ Afghan Youth Find Escape in a Video Game," 23 Nov. 2020 What the history books don’t say is that a court jester held the winning hand. cleveland, "For your holiday pleasure, we offer Crooks, a new card game appropriate for a year of thieves and miscreants," 14 Nov. 2020 To Hearst, Mankiewicz is little more than a court jester, an amusing addition to his collection of oddball pals. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why a Movie About Citizen Kane Matters in 2020," 9 Nov. 2020 Gogol’s father, a small landowner who wrote bad comedies and worked as a sort of court jester for a wealthy dignitary, died when Gogol was sixteen. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 The whole thing felt less like a stand on principle than like a way to demonstrate that Amis had transitioned from erotic jester to moral and intellectual heavyweight, someone capable of holding his own on matters of world history. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, "Martin Amis’s Turn to Autofiction," 19 Oct. 2020 His poster features a collection of symbols strongly associated with southeast Louisiana: a crawfish wearing a purple, green and gold jester hat, and a face mask emblazoned with a black Fleur de Lis. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "City asks students to help spread the word on wearing masks; Ogden Museum displays their artwork," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Jester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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