jester

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jester a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jester A buffoon; a merry-andrew; a court fool. "This . . . was Yorick's skull, the king's jester .""Dressed in the motley garb that jesters wear."
    • Jester A person addicted to jesting, or to indulgence in light and amusing talk. "He ambled up and down
      With shallow jesters ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jester A story-teller; a reciter of tales, adventures, and romances.
    • n jester One who is addicted to jesting; one who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
    • n jester 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Jester one who jests: a buffoon: a court-fool
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Quotations

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    “Just because you can laugh doesn't mean you can't tell the truth. Truth is often the jester.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Gestour
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. 'a deed, a story,' M. E. geste—O. Fr. geste—L. gestagerĕre, to do.

Usage

In literature:

Salvator was a dissipated jester and satirist, a man who spent his life in masquing and revelry.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
ARMSTRONG, Archibald, jester to Charles I., ii.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
In front of the raised table UGRIN, the King's Jester, is asleep.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
The numerous company and battery jesters did not refrain from imitative expressions of "Ahs" and "Ohs" and "Ain't it bootiful?
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
The worldlings, the jesters ceased to laugh: they shuddered.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Three inheritances that are divided in the presence of heirs: the inheritance of a jester, of a madman, and of an old man.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
Archie Armstrong, jester to King James VI., lies buried in its churchyard.
"In the Border Country" by W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
They were petted and indulged somewhat in the way of the more modern fool or jester.
"The Art of Needle-work, from the Earliest Ages, 3rd ed." by Elizabeth Stone
Birds of a feather, ill jesters, scoundrels all!
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
At another time he would have jesters to enliven him with their witticisms.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Then the laughter burst forth at this ancient jest coming home so aptly to the modern jester who had unearthed it.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
Enter another Giant, dressed as a Jester.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various
My faith, a King's Jester must be bolder than lions!
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
He must not, in my presence, be made a subject of mirth to these idle jesters.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. 9" by Various
I call her my court jester.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
Do not believe that wicked jester!
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
The kings of old were wise, for they kept jesters, whose office it was to make them laugh during meals.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
SOME DANCED, SOME SANG, SOME WERE HELPMEETS AND SOME WERE MERE JESTERS.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
To them he is the cold-hearted egotist, the bitter jester, who believes in nothing, least of all in love.
"Quisisana" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Semiazaz is the jester of the demon-crew, also the musician; and when he plays, all the rest have to dance.
"Told by the Death's Head" by Mór Jókai
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In poetry:

What heed! tho' smiles be far from me,
And hearts be rent with pain,
The jester's bells must chime their glee,
My lord must smile again.
"The King's Jester" by Cicely Fox Smith
'The jester walked in the garden.'
Did he so?
Well, there's no use your loving me
That way, Lady;
For I've nothing but songs to give you.
"Au Jardin" by Ezra Pound
One day when the knight was old and cross,
And a little the worse for grog,
Betzko, the Jester, thoughtlessly
Struck Stibor's favorite dog.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
And as the Jester headlong fell
From the dizzy, dreadful height,
He muttered a curse with his latest breath
On the head of the cruel knight.
"Betzko" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
The times are out of joint! O cursed spite!
The noble jester Yorick comes no more.
And Hamlet hides his tears in boyish pride
By some lone turret-stair of Elsinore.
"Epitaphs For Two Players" by Vachel Lindsay
Still we haunt the greenwood for love of Rosalind,
Still we hear the Jester's bells ajingle on the wind,
Still the frenzied Moor we fear--Ah! and even yet
Breathless wait before the tomb of all the Capulet.
"At The Play" by Virna Sheard

In news:

The Many Masks of Dylan— But Mostly the Wily Jester .
After hearing one of Jester 's mixes, you'll understand why he was named one of Urb magazine's Next 100 to Watch.
DJ Jester the Filipino Fist.
A Daughter Of a Jester With Notes That Soar.
The Jouster meets the Jester .
German jester brings kids and a good price.
Dylan the scary Jester .
Dylan the Scary Jester Halloween 2011.
Tigers' Cabrera: A jester with Triple Crown.
The Jouster meets the Jester.
Kee is a member of the New Orleans Jesters.
Jesters brings Lerner and Loewe's classic back to Longmont.
Mercurial Jester, Revealing and Concealing.
Jester Theater's four-woman comedy skewers stale attitudes.
A French Jester Who Trades in Hate.
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In science:

Thus physical conditions in the 3C273 jet change remarkably smoothly over scales of many kiloparsecs. A detailed spectral index map also reveals evidence of superposed emission regions in some knots (Jester et al. 2001a).
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
Jester et al. (2001a) conclude that the only way to escape this paradox is to have continuous reacceleration, throughout the jet’s length.
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
Most of them are short and faint, with only a few exceptions allowing for detailed spectroscopic and morphological studies, like e.g. 3C 273 (Jester et al., 2001).
A Role of the Boundary Shear Layer in Modeling of Large Scale Jets
Sub-equipartition magnetic field and highly relativistic bulk velocities alone cannot remove this problem (Jester et al., 2001).
A Role of the Boundary Shear Layer in Modeling of Large Scale Jets
Jester .: A new lineartime collaborative (cid:12)ltering algorithm applied to jokes.
Technical Paper Recommendation: A Study in Combining Multiple Information Sources
FWHM of the real distribution (Jester et al. 2005).
Astrophysics in 2005
Details of the NICMOS data are contained in Jester (2001) and will be reported elsewhere (Jester et al., in prep.), as will the full VLA data set (Perley et al., in prep.).
X-rays from the jet in 3C 273: clues from the radio-optical spectra
HST and the optical spectral index determined on ground-based data at slightly lower frequencies (Fig. 4 in Jester et al. 2001).
X-rays from the jet in 3C 273: clues from the radio-optical spectra
These spectra are appropriate here as the optically radiating electrons must be accelerated within the jet itself (Jester et al. 2001).
X-rays from the jet in 3C 273: clues from the radio-optical spectra
The original aim of these fits is the determination of the synchrotron cutoff frequency and hence the maximum particle energy along the jet; a detailed description and results will be published separately (Jester et al., in prep., and Jester 2001).
X-rays from the jet in 3C 273: clues from the radio-optical spectra
Moreover, a comparison of the residuals with our new high-resolution radio polarisation map (Perley et al., in prep.) shows that the largest residuals are not cospatial with those regions showing the highest fractional polarisation (Jester 2001).
X-rays from the jet in 3C 273: clues from the radio-optical spectra
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