gest

gest

[jest]
noun
1.
a story or tale.
2.
a deed or exploit.
3.
Archaic. a metrical romance or history.
Also, geste.


Origin:
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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gest or geste (dʒɛst)
 
n
1.  a notable deed or exploit
2.  See also chanson de geste a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verse
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out]
 
geste or geste
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out]

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gest
"famous deed, exploit," c.1300, from O.Fr. geste "action, exploit, romance," from L. gesta "actions, exploits," neut. pl. of gestus, pp. of gerere "to carry on, wage, perform" (see jest).
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