chanson de geste

chanson de geste

[shahn-sawn duh zhest]
noun, plural chansons de geste [shahn-sawn duh zhest] .
(in medieval French literature) an epic poem written in assonant verse or rhyme about historical or legendary events or figures.

Origin:
1865–70; < French: literally, song of deeds; see chanson, gest

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chanson de geste (ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst)
 
n
one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
 
[literally: song of exploits]

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