1. (obsolete) A gesture or action.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto IX:
      They did obeysaunce, as beseemed right, / And then againe returned to their restes: / The Porter eke to her did lout with humble gestes.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 36, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      more Kings and Princes have written his gestes and actions, than any other historians, of what quality soever, have registred the gests, or collected the actions of any other King or Prince that ever was […].
  2. (archaic) A story or adventure; a verse or prose romance.
  3. (archaic) An action represented in sports, plays, or on the stage; show; ceremony.
  4. (archaic) bearing; deportment
    • through his heroic grace and honorable gest
Translations Translations Noun

gest (plural gests)

  1. (obsolete) A stage in travelling; a stop for rest or lodging in a journey; a rest.
  2. (obsolete) A roll reciting the several stages arranged for a royal progress.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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