means a player. (Latin, joculator.) These jugglers
accompanied the minstrels and troubadours, to assist them, and added to
their musical talents sleight-of-hand, antics, and feats of prowess,
to amuse the company assembled. In time the music was dropped as the
least attractive, and tricks became the staple of these wandering
performers. (Latin, joculator, jocus, a joke or trick.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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