American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One given to jesting.
- n. A fool or buffoon at medieval courts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A story-teller; a reciter of tales, adventures, and romances.
- n. One who is addicted to jesting; one who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
- n. A court-fool or professed sayer of witty things and maker of amusement, maintained by a prince or noble in the middle ages and later. The dress of the jester was usually showy, or even gaudy, and toward the end of the time when jesters were employed it was always typically party-colored or motley; but, as the jesters in some early courts were men of considerable intellectual ability, and in some cases of good family, their dress was not always conspicuously distinguished from that of those with whom they mingled. The bauble, sometimes very small and of rich materials, was the only certain badge of the jester's employment. The fools of Shakspere's plays indicate a certain lowering of the rank of the jester in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. So far as is known, the last one employed in England was Archie Armstrong (died 1672), in the court of James I., and afterward of Charles I. See
cockscomb, bauble, motley.
- n. one who jests, jokes or mocks
- n. a person in bright garb and fool’s cap who amused a mediaeval royal court.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A buffoon; a merry-andrew; a court fool.
- n. A person addicted to jesting, or to indulgence in light and amusing talk.
- n. a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
- jest + -er (Wiktionary)
“You know, and they used to say that the jester is the only person who could tell the truth to the king.”
“The jester is the guy that can be heard making jokes no matter where he is standing on the field.”
“The court jester is the canary in the cage, giving us all fair warning of what could be.”
“If a jester is beaten up, says the thirteenth-century law concerning such people, it shall not be counted an offence.”
“In that sense—and that sense only—having Mr. Penn on stage as the jester is a mark of progress.”
“A shame, as the jester is the only sane one in the court.”
“Here your attendant, "pointing to the jester," is but the King's fool, though he is a merry fellow who will be at your bidding, and be a good friend at court. ”
“As usual, the jester is the only one even pointing at the truth.”
“The famous scene of King Lear on the moor with his jester is a good example of that point.”
“The jester is the only one in the bunch worth saving, truth be told, and you're certainly not going to risk yourself for him!”
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