jester

[jes-ter]
noun
1.
a person who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
2.
a professional fool or clown, especially at a medieval court.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English gester. See gest, -er1

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jester (ˈdʒɛstə)
 
n
a professional clown employed by a king or nobleman, esp at courts during the Middle Ages

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Example sentences
Jester says it's the only time he ever felt sad or scared.
From someone best known as the jester of the royal court, it was wise counsel.
All of this mattered less during the first phase of his career, when he was
  content to be a stylist, and a jester.
The only one popular enough to win, is of course, a jester.
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