jest·​er ˈje-stər How to pronounce jester (audio)
: 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 In the performance at the now-defunct Club Lingerie on Sunset Boulevard, the band’s bassist was dressed as a jester, the drummer wore a demon mask and a horn player was dressed as a carrot. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 Stilt-walking harlequins, leaping court jesters, gladiators, riders on horseback, harem girls, and more descended upon the courtyard followed by a gilded carriage carrying five statuesque ladies dripping in jewels. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2023 Entrepreneurial huckster Vivek Ramaswamy has graduated from being the court jester of corporate governance to now becoming a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination as some 5% of primary Republican voters indicate they are entertained by his antics. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2023 Friends was the king of prime time and Perry its court jester, a floppy-haired virtuoso of sarcasm and comic timing, but his 28-day stint in Hazelden for Vicodin, splashed across gossip rags, told a darker tale, one that would outlast his TV show’s long run. Sarah Hepola, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 These are prerequisites for court jesters, not journalists. Armond White, National Review, 13 Oct. 2023 But beneath that persona, was a deeply sensitive man who cloaked himself in the role of the jester. Jason Sheeler, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2023 And though Kaufman was the most crazy-visionary comedian of his time — a kamikaze jester, a stand-up performance artist, a cracked genius of the what-is-reality? Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 The performers take the audience on a journey with new circus experiences including wandering minstrels, story-tellers, jesters, musicians, acrobats and aerial acts. oregonlive, 26 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Jester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


jest·​er ˈjes-tər How to pronounce jester (audio)
: fool entry 1 sense 2
court jester
: a person given to jests

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