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
- ‘Adamson's Feste sings well and impresses as a talented professional court jester, but misses the deeper, darker tones of the part.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The character has a variety of origins, from the medieval court jester to the licensed clown of the Feast of Fools.’
- ‘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.’
- 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
- ‘Many jesters and fools spoke a gibberish language called Grammelot that was first described over 500 years ago.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Princess Maria and Prince Ron manage their Duchy well, but it is also the dumping ground for jesters, knaves and fools.’
- ‘Samis are often stereotyped as the comical helpers of Santa Claus or, even more negatively, as drunken fools or jesters.’
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