Definitions

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

  • n. A notable adventure or exploit.
  • n. A verse romance or tale.
  • n. A prose romance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A gesture or action.
  • n. A story or adventure; a verse or prose romance.
  • n. A stage in travelling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey; a rest.
  • n. A roll reciting the several stages arranged for a royal progress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A guest.
  • n. Something done or achieved; a deed or an action; an adventure.
  • n. An action represented in sports, plays, or on the stage; show; ceremony.
  • n. A tale of achievements or adventures; a stock story.
  • n. Gesture; bearing; deportment.
  • n. A stage in traveling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey or progress; a rest.
  • n. A roll recting the several stages arranged for a royal progress. Many of them are extant in the herald's office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of guest.
  • n. That which is done; an act, deed, or achievement.
  • n. A tale of achievement or adventure; a story; a romance.
  • To tell stories or romances.
  • n. Bearing; carriage of one's person; deportment.
  • n. Gesture.
  • n. A stage, rest, or stop in traveling: same as gist.
  • n. A list of the several stages of a journey; an itinerary; specifically, a roll or journal of the several days and stages prearranged for a royal progress in England. Many such gests are extant in the heralds' office.
  • A simplified spelling of guest.

Etymologies

Middle English geste; see jest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French geste. (Wiktionary)
Compare gist a resting place. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • JM is on a quest for a gest with a guest wearing a vest from the west (lest he be a pest).

    February 17, 2011