Etymology
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jester (n.)

mid-14c., gestour, jestour "a minstrel, professional reciter of romances," agent noun from gesten "recite a tale" (a jester's original function), from geste "action, exploit" (see jest (n.)). Sense of "buffoon in a prince's court" is from c. 1500. Sterne (1759) uses jestee, but it is rare.

updated on February 01, 2016

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Definitions of jester from WordNet

jester (n.)
a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages;
Synonyms: fool / motley fool
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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