from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A notable adventure or exploit.
- n. A verse romance or tale.
- n. A prose romance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gesture or action.
- n. A story or adventure; a verse or prose romance.
- n. A stage in travelling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey; a rest.
- n. A roll reciting the several stages arranged for a royal progress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A guest.
- n. Something done or achieved; a deed or an action; an adventure.
- n. An action represented in sports, plays, or on the stage; show; ceremony.
- n. A tale of achievements or adventures; a stock story.
- n. Gesture; bearing; deportment.
- n. A stage in traveling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey or progress; a rest.
- n. A roll recting the several stages arranged for a royal progress. Many of them are extant in the herald's office.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of guest.
- n. That which is done; an act, deed, or achievement.
- n. A tale of achievement or adventure; a story; a romance.
- To tell stories or romances.
- n. Bearing; carriage of one's person; deportment.
- n. Gesture.
- n. A stage, rest, or stop in traveling: same as gist.
- n. A list of the several stages of a journey; an itinerary; specifically, a roll or journal of the several days and stages prearranged for a royal progress in England. Many such gests are extant in the heralds' office.
- A simplified spelling of guest.
Middle English geste; see jest.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French geste. (Wiktionary)
Compare gist a resting place. (Wiktionary)