chansons 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.

1865–70; < French: literally, song of deeds; see chanson, gest Unabridged
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chanson de geste (ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst)
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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