American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of more than 80 Old French epic poems of the 11th to the 14th centuries celebrating the deeds of historical or legendary figures, especially the exploits of Charlemagne and his successors.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Any Old French epic poem having for its subject events or exploits of early French history, real or legendary, and written originally in assonant verse of ten or twelve syllables. The most famous one is the Chanson de Roland.
- n. Old French epic poems
- French : chanson, song + de, of + geste, heroic exploit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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