from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One given to jesting.
- n. A fool or buffoon at medieval courts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. one who jests, jokes or mocks
- n. a person in bright garb and fool’s cap who amused a mediaeval royal court.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A buffoon; a merry-andrew; a court fool.
- n. A person addicted to jesting, or to indulgence in light and amusing talk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A story-teller; a reciter of tales, adventures, and romances.
- n. One who is addicted to jesting; one who is given to witticisms, jokes, and pranks.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
You know, and they used to say that the jester is the only person who could tell the truth to the king.
The jester is the guy that can be heard making jokes no matter where he is standing on the field.
The court jester is the canary in the cage, giving us all fair warning of what could be.
If a jester is beaten up, says the thirteenth-century law concerning such people, it shall not be counted an offence.
In that sense—and that sense only—having Mr. Penn on stage as the jester is a mark of progress.
A shame, as the jester is the only sane one in the court.
Here your attendant, "pointing to the jester," is but the King's fool, though he is a merry fellow who will be at your bidding, and be a good friend at court. "
As usual, the jester is the only one even pointing at the truth.
The famous scene of King Lear on the moor with his jester is a good example of that point.
The jester is the only one in the bunch worth saving, truth be told, and you're certainly not going to risk yourself for him!