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English definition of “jest”

jest

noun     /dʒest/ formal
[C] something that is said or done in order to be funny: His proposal was no jest - he was completely sincere.Humour and humorous in jest intended as a joke and not said seriously: I only said it in jest - you're obviously not fat.Humour and humorous
(Definition of jest noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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