1. a story or tale.
  2. a deed or exploit.
  3. Archaic. a metrical romance or history.

noun archaic

  1. a notable deed or exploit
  2. a tale of adventure or romance, esp in verseSee also chanson de geste

“famous deed, exploit; story, romance,” c.1300, from Old French geste “action, exploit, romance, history (of celebrated people or actions),” from Latin gesta “actions, exploits, deeds, achievements,” neuter plural of gestus, past participle of gerere “to carry on, wage, perform,” of unknown origin. Cf. jest.

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