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court jester


a clown or buffoon who is employed by a noble or royal for entertainment; also called fool


The court jester typically wears a three-pointed hat with jingle bells attached.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • His wife, who spoke German very badly, called her court jester to her aid, and spoke Russian with her.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • Did he say anything which vindicates my appointment of him as my court jester?'

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Maximilian's court jester, who loved his master, had formed a plan for his liberation.

    The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
  • One instant he suggested the prime minister; the next, the court jester.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The court poet should not survive the court dwarf and the court jester.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • "We've no longer need of a court jester," returned her companion, with sarcasm.

    Adrien Leroy Charles Garvice
  • This was evidently the court jester, always a privileged person.

    Parzival (vol. 1 of 2) Wolfram von Eschenback
  • The eccentric comedian will soon be as dead as his ancestor, the court jester.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke

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