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Definition of jest noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(old-fashioned or )
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  • (formal) something said or done to amuse people synonym joke
  • Idioms as a joke The remark was made half in jest. “Many a true word is spoken in jest,” thought Rosie. (= people often say things as a joke that are actually true)
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