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 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 Call yourself emperor, queen, king or court jester. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: Ahead of San Francisco Pride, an ode to ‘queens’," 23 June 2020 Elvis was the true king and Richard was seen as just a court jester with a runaway ego. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "‘Womp-bomp-a-lu-momp-a-lomp-bam-boom!’ What Little Richard told our Dallas critic about Elvis, race and being gay," 9 May 2020 Ranveig Bjørklid Levinsen, one of Bogart’s humans, said her daughter painted the costumes — one of which looks like a king, with a crown and royal robe, and another that looks like a jester’s hat, Insider reported. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Dog Owners in Denmark Paint Fence to Give Their Pups Silly Costumes," 14 May 2020 Following traditional customs, visitors are encouraged not to have any face painting, false noses, or jester cap's, either. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to the Wildest Carnival Celebrations Around the World," 31 Jan. 2020 References to clowns, those happy/sad jesters of these traveling troupes, extended beyond the makeup to the clothes, some of which featured ruffs and harlequin patterns. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fashion Loves a Clown: Here, 24 Big Top Looks That Prove It From Dior Haute Couture to Alexander McQueen," 21 Jan. 2019 Circus performers — jesters, jugglers and a stilt walker — will be on hand to interact with attendees. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Things to do in Plano: Ticketstock, Barbie Truck, Mardi Gras celebrations and more," 18 Feb. 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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27 Oct 2020

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“Jester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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