One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A professional joker or “fool” at a medieval court, typically wearing a cap with bells on it and carrying a mock scepter.
fool, court fool, court jesterView synonyms
- ‘The gray-furred Child laughed, cavorting around the confused guards like a court jester in a medieval kingdom.’
- ‘Being mad as a porphyric hatter, evidently, monarchy just went along with those jolly court jesters, and then damned the resulting tea party.’
- ‘Like the jester at a medieval court whose caperings and quips recalled the king to sanity, he aimed only to remind the world of its duty.’
- ‘Adamson's Feste sings well and impresses as a talented professional court jester, but misses the deeper, darker tones of the part.’
- ‘The character has a variety of origins, from the medieval court jester to the licensed clown of the Feast of Fools.’
- 1.1 A person who habitually plays the fool.
joker, comedian, comic, humorist, wag, wit, funny man, funny woman, prankster, jokester, clown, buffoon, characterView synonyms
- ‘Children clowned around with a jester at a fun workshop on April Fool's Day.’
- ‘So the emperor granted his request and decreed that one day in the year would be set aside for fools and jesters to rule.’
- ‘Many jesters and fools spoke a gibberish language called Grammelot that was first described over 500 years ago.’
- ‘Samis are often stereotyped as the comical helpers of Santa Claus or, even more negatively, as drunken fools or jesters.’
- ‘Princess Maria and Prince Ron manage their Duchy well, but it is also the dumping ground for jesters, knaves and fools.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.