A shield is hanged upon a pole (this is a kind of quintain) fixed in the midst of the stream.
Accordingly she once more betook herself to the quintain post.
She resolved that, at any rate, to him nothing more should be said about the quintain that day.
This appears to be a relic of the ancient Welsh game of quintain, or gwyntyn.
It is the custom to hoist married men, who are not blest with children, on the quintain, which is made to revolve rapidly.
Among the exercises glanced at in this sketch of the Londoner's sportive year, the quintain is conspicuous.
The animal swerved and shied and galloped off wide of the quintain.
Various military exercises were, however, in existence, among which was the quintain.
If you can jump over a ditch and hedge, I am sure you could turn the quintain round.
He had undertaken to come mounted on a nag of his father's and show the way at the quintain post.
"target for tilting and jousting practice," c.1400 (in Anglo-Latin from mid-13c.), from Old French quintaine or directly from Medieval Latin quintana; perhaps from Latin quintana "of the fifth" (see quinque-), which as a noun meant "the business part of a camp," on the supposition that this was where military exercises were done [OED].