or geste

[ jest ]
/ dʒɛst /


a story or tale.
a deed or exploit.
Archaic. a metrical romance or history.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gest



/ (dʒɛst) /

noun archaic

a notable deed or exploit
a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verseSee also chanson de geste

Word Origin for gest

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



"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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