vidūṣaka विदूषक

Definition: m. a jester, wag, buffoon (especially in dramatic language) the jocose companion and confidential friend of the hero of a play (he acts the same confidential part towards the king or hero, that her female companions do towards the heroine;his business is to excite mirth in person and attire, and to make himself the universal butt;a curious regulation requires him to be a Brahman, or higher in caste than the king himself; see ) etc.