- a notable deed or exploit
- a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verse
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- -gest- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "carry;
bear.'' This meaning is found in such words as: congestion, digest, gestation, gesticulate, gesture, ingest, suggest.
- a story or tale.
- a deed or exploit.
- [Archaic.]a metrical romance or history.
- Latin gesta exploits, neuter plural past participle of gerere to carry on, perform
- Old French geste action, exploit
- Middle English 1250–1300