- a person who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
- a professional fool or clown, especially at a medieval court.
Origin of jester
Related Words for jesterjokester, clown, fool, madcap, trickster, antic, harlequin, wag, actor, joker, wit, comedian, buffoon, comic, humorist, card, prankster, pantaloon, droll, quipster
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Contemporary Examples of jester
And he does so not with the wit and winking of the jester, but with the blunt ferocity of the herald.‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ by Ben Fountain: The War Novel of Our Time
May 27, 2012
Historical Examples of jester
“I mean a man sad and grave as the monks of Beaulieu,” said the jester.
My poor boy, he who is sitting in sackcloth and ashes needs no jester.
I was just a jester and no more, and so, in a measure—though I blush to say it—I grew content.The Shame of Motley
Yes (replied the jester), he has a striking likeness to that person and a heap of others.
Come on (the jester shouted), give us a tune upon the pipe, and let me show you how to dance.
- a professional clown employed by a king or nobleman, esp at courts during the Middle Ages
mid-14c., jestour (Anglo-Latin), late 14c., gestour "a minstrel, professional reciter of romances," agent noun from gesten "recite a tale," which was a jester's original function (see jest). Sense of "buffoon in a prince's court" is from c.1500.