Gest meaning

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A romantic story of daring adventures, esp. a medieval tale in verse.
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A gesture.
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A notable adventure or exploit.
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(archaic) An adventure; deed; exploit.
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Bearing; deportment.
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Died: used with the year of a person's death.
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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 [...].

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(archaic) A story or adventure; a verse or prose romance.

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(archaic) An action represented in sports, plays, or on the stage; show; ceremony.

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(archaic) Bearing; deportment.
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(obsolete) A stage in travelling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey; a rest.

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(obsolete) A roll reciting the several stages arranged for a royal progress.

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Origin of gest

  • Middle English geste jest

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare gist a resting place.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French geste.

    From Wiktionary