- Archaic an adventure; deed; exploit
- a romantic story of daring adventures, esp. a medieval tale in verse
Origin of gestMiddle English geste from Old French from Classical Latin gesta, deeds, plural of gestus from past participle of gerere, to do, act
- bearing; deportment
- a gesture
Origin of gestFrench geste from Classical Latin gestus, posture, gesture from past participle of gerere, to bear, behave
Origin of gestGerman gestorben, literally , dead, deceased, past participle of sterben, to die died: used with the year of a person's death
- A notable adventure or exploit.
- a. A verse romance or tale.b. A prose romance.
Origin of gestMiddle English geste ; see jest .
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.36:
- more Kings and Princes have written his gestes and actions, than any other historians, of what quality soever, have registred the gests, or collected the actions of any other King or Prince that ever was [...].
- (archaic) A story or adventure; a verse or prose romance.
- (archaic) An action represented in sports, plays, or on the stage; show; ceremony.
- (archaic) bearing; deportment
From Middle French geste.
Compare gist a resting place.