court jester

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court jester:

see foolfool
or court jester,
a person who entertains with buffoonery and an often caustic wit. In all countries from ancient times and extending into the 18th cent., mental and physical deformity provided amusement.
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Turning to Johnson, Major said: "He's a very engaging and charming court jester.
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Everyone is bringing their own food and drink and the parish council have paid for a court jester, The Fool Monty, to provide the entertainment."
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