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

Definition of jester

2 : one given to jests

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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 Bass-baritone Alan Higgs brought a dark rage and an equally dark, clear sound to the role of Count Monterone, who presages the shattering of Rigoletto’s life and delivers a curse that haunts the jester until the opera’s final notes. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Oct. 2021 Dillon Francis may be the lovable jester of EDM, but clowns cry too. Ana Monroy Yglesias, Billboard, 6 Oct. 2021 Of course, all of these things are done by Kathy Hilton, our current court jester and, really, something of a folk hero. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 Naked, ailing and housed in the Cuban royal court as a kind of jester, Columbus perishes. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Marco’s younger brother José Javier Solís, 60, conga player and jester of the band, teases the photographer by ducking behind his cousin, founding guitarist Joel Solís, and Los Bukis’ longstanding drummer, Pedro Sánchez, 63. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Only Slattery — who’s been captive in Wenwu’s China compound for years as a kind of court jester — knows how to find Ta Lo, via his uncanny ability to communicate with an adorable, headless creature from that world. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 The irrepressible jester Punch, for example, came over with the British; over time, as diasporas settled in New York from Asia and Africa and Latin America, the newcomers added to the city’s puppet lineage. Carl Swanson, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 This South Korean flick about a Joseon-era king who falls in love with a court jester became a box office sensation and an adapted play. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Jester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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


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Kids Definition of jester

: a person formerly kept in royal courts to amuse people

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