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gest

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[jest]
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noun
  1. a story or tale.
  2. a deed or exploit.
  3. Archaic. a metrical romance or history.
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Origin of gest

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French geste action, exploit < Latin gesta exploits, neuter plural past participle of gerere to carry on, perform
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gest

geste

noun archaic
  1. a notable deed or exploit
  2. a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verseSee also chanson de geste
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out
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Word Origin and History for gests

gest

n.

"famous deed, exploit; story, romance," c.1300, from Old French geste "action, exploit, romance, history (of celebrated people or actions)," from Latin gesta "actions, exploits, deeds, achievements," neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere "to carry on, wage, perform," of unknown origin. Cf. jest.

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