chanson de geste

[ shahn-sawn duh -zhest ]
/ ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst /
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noun, plural chan·sons de geste [shahn-sawn duh -zhest]. /ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst/.

(in medieval French literature) an epic poem written in assonant verse or rhyme about historical or legendary events or figures.



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Origin of chanson de geste

1865–70; <French: literally, song of deeds; see chanson, gest
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British Dictionary definitions for chanson de geste

chanson de geste
/ French (ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst) /


one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
literally: song of exploits
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