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chanson de geste

[shahn-sawn duh zhest] /ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst/
noun, plural chansons de geste
[shahn-sawn duh zhest] /ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in medieval French literature) an epic poem written in assonant verse or rhyme about historical or legendary events or figures.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < French: literally, song of deeds; see chanson, gest
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British Dictionary definitions for chansons de geste

chanson de geste

/ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst/
noun
1.
one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
Word Origin
literally: song of exploits
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