or geste

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  1. a story or tale.

  2. a deed or exploit.

  1. 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

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How to use gest in a sentence

  • Minnelli then countersued, claiming gest stole up to $2 million from her while they were together.

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  • gest was terribly fatigued, but there was no choice but either to brace himself or be dragged down to the rocks.

  • gest said: "You have declared and spoken well; if you go not back upon it, I will not delay to show that of which I am capable."

  • A gest is sumthin that is sharp enuff to be notised, and not rude enuff tu be resented.

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  • After that gest gave Thangbrand good gifts, and he fared back south.

British Dictionary definitions for gest



/ (dʒɛst) /

  1. a notable deed or exploit

  2. a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verse: See also chanson de geste

Origin of gest

C14: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out

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