Jester vs Clown - What's the difference?

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Clown is a synonym of jester.

Jester is a see also of clown.


As nouns the difference between jester and clown

is that jester is one who jests, jokes or mocks while clown is a performance artist often associated with a circus and typically characterised by bright, oversized clothing, a red nose, face paint, and a brightly colored wig and who performs slapstick.

As a verb clown is

to act in a silly fashion.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

jester

English

(wikipedia jester)

Noun

(en noun)
  • one who jests, jokes or mocks
  • a person in colorful garb and fool's cap who amused a mediaeval and early modern royal or noble court.
  • Synonyms

    * (one who jokes) buffoon, clown, joker, see also * (court entertainer) buffoon, clown, fool, jestress, see also

    Derived terms

    * court jester

    Hyponyms

    * (court entertainer) harlequin, pantaloon

    clown

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia clown) (en noun)
  • A performance artist often associated with a circus and typically characterised by bright, oversized clothing, a red nose, face paint, and a brightly colored wig and who performs slapstick.
  • A person who acts in a silly fashion.
  • (UK) A stupid person.
  • (obsolete) A man of coarse nature and manners; an awkward fellow; an illbred person; a boor.
  • (Sir Philip Sidney)
  • (obsolete) One who works upon the soil; a rustic; a churl.
  • * Cowper
  • The clown , the child of nature, without guile.

    Synonyms

    * (performance artist working in a circus) * (person who acts in a silly fashion) buffoon, fool

    Derived terms

    * clown doctor * clownfish * clownish

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To act in a silly fashion.
  • Derived terms

    * clown about (British) * clown around

    See also

    * coulrophobia * jester * jackpudding ----