jester

noun jest·er \ ˈje-stər \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of jester

1 : fool 2a
2 : one given to jests

Examples of jester in a Sentence

  1. a gentle jester, the cartoonist more often tries to evoke a broad smile than a hearty guffaw

  2. the king called for some much-needed entertainment from his jester

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Origin and Etymology of jester

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

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JESTER Defined for English Language Learners

jester

Definition of jester for English Language Learners

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


JESTER Defined for Kids

jester

noun jest·er \ ˈjes-tər \

Definition of jester for Students

: a person formerly kept in royal courts to amuse people


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