1. a person who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
  2. a professional fool or clown, especially at a medieval court.


  1. a professional clown employed by a king or nobleman, esp at courts during the Middle Ages

mid-14c., jestour (Anglo-Latin), late 14c., gestour “a minstrel, professional reciter of romances,” agent noun from gesten “recite a tale,” which was a jester’s original function (see jest). Sense of “buffoon in a prince’s court” is from c.1500.

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