Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
  2. (verb, competition) joust against somebody in a tournament by fighting on horseback

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Synonyms of Joust


Alternate forms of Joust

Derivations: joust

Hyponyms: tilt

Hypernyms: battle, contend, fight, struggle

Origin of the word Joust

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. joster "to joust, tilt," from V.L. juxtare "to approach, come together, meet," originally "be next to," from L. juxta "beside, near," related to jungere "join" (see jugular). The sport was popular with Anglo-Norman knights.
    "These early tournaments were very rough affairs, in every sense, quite unlike the chivalrous cont… more

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