verb (used without object)
Origin of joust
Examples from the Web for joust
Contemporary Examples of joust
They begin with a joust where Gautier pierces Bernier with his lance between his ribs.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
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Historical Examples of joust
Then said he to the knights, “I have just seen a knight who will fight full well at the joust toward which we go.”The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights
Looks like tin armor and I tell you she is ready for a joust, too!Back at School with the Tucker Twins
All those who witnessed the jousting were filled with amazement, and said it cost him dear to joust with such a goodly knight.Four Arthurian Romances
And therewithal King Arthur was wood wroth, and thought to have made him ready to joust.
And when he had done so I might not for shame but I must joust with him.
Word Origin for joust
c.1300, "fight with a spear or lance on horseback with another knight; tilt in a tournament," from Old French joster "to joust, tilt," from Vulgar Latin *iuxtare "to approach, come together, meet," originally "be next to," from Latin iuxta "beside, near," related to iungere "join together" (see jugular). Formerly spelled, and until modern times pronounced, "just." Related: Jousted; jousting.
c.1300, from Old French joustes, from joster (see joust (v.)). The sport was popular with Anglo-Norman knights.
These early tournaments were very rough affairs, in every sense, quite unlike the chivalrous contests of later days; the rival parties fought in groups, and it was considered not only fair but commendable to hold off until you saw some of your adversaries getting tired and then to join in the attack on them; the object was not to break a lance in the most approved style, but frankly to disable as many opponents as possible for the sake of obtaining their horses, arms, and ransoms. [L.F. Salzman, "English Life in the Middle Ages," Oxford, 1950]