WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
-gest-, root. 
  1. -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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gest  (jest),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a story or tale.
  2. a deed or exploit.
  3. [Archaic.]a metrical romance or history.
Also,  geste. 
  • Latin gesta exploits, neuter plural past participle of gerere to carry on, perform
  • Old French geste action, exploit
  • Middle English 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gest, geste /dʒɛst/ n archaic
  1. a notable deed or exploit
  2. a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verse
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin gesta deeds, from gerere to carry out



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