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  1. gest.
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or geste

  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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Examples from the Web for geste

Historical Examples of geste

  • For geste in the French is not merely the equivalent of gesta, "deeds."

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory

    George Saintsbury

  • Sa main est pose sur l'paule de son poux, geste ordinaire dans les groupes qui expriment la sparation de ceux qui s'aiment.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • This is the geste of the Northmen, always hostile to the Carlovingian dynasty.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 for gest

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



"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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