chanson de geste

[shahn-sawn duh zhest]

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.

Origin of chanson de geste

1865–70; < French: literally, song of deeds; see chanson, gest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chanson de geste

chanson de geste


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

Word Origin for chanson de geste

literally: song of exploits
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