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chanson de geste


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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