gesture - definition in the American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gesture”

See all translations

gesture

noun [C]  us   /ˈdʒes·tʃər/

gesture noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a movement of the body, hands, arms, or head to express an idea or feeling: He made a rude gesture to the crowd after his tennis match.

gesture noun [C] (SYMBOLIC ACT)

an action that expresses your feelings or intentions, although it might have little practical effect: Her warm thank-you note was a nice gesture.
gesture
verb [I]  us   /ˈdʒes·tʃər/
When I asked where the children were, she gestured toward the beach.
Translations of “gesture”
in Arabic إيماء, إشارة…
in Korean 몸짓, 표현…
in Malaysian gerak isyarat…
in French geste…
in Turkish el, kol ve baş hareketi, jestler…
in Italian gesto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動作, 手勢, 姿勢…
in Russian жест, поступок…
in Polish gest…
in Vietnamese cử chỉ…
in Spanish gesto…
in Portuguese gesto…
in Thai การแสดงท่าทาง…
in German die Gebärde…
in Catalan gest…
in Japanese 身ぶり手ぶり, ジェスチャー, 意思表示…
in Indonesian bahasa tubuh, gerak-gerik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动作, 手势, 姿势…
(Definition of gesture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of gesture?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “gesture” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More