joust

[ joust, juhst, joost ]
/ dʒaʊst, dʒʌst, dʒust /

noun

a combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.
this type of combat fought in a highly formalized manner as part of a tournament.
jousts, a tournament.
a personal competition or struggle.

verb (used without object)

to contend in a joust or tournament.
to contend, compete, or struggle: The candidates will joust in a television debate.

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Origin of joust

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English justen, jousten<Old French juster, joster, jouster to tilt in the lists <Vulgar Latin *juxtāre to approach, clash, derivative of Latin juxtā approaching, bordering; (noun) Middle English juste, jouste<Old French juste, etc., derivative of juster

OTHER WORDS FROM joust

jouster, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for joust

joust
/ (dʒaʊst) history /

noun

a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with lances. A tournament consisted of a series of such engagements

verb

(intr; often foll by against or with) to encounter or engage in such a tournamenthe jousted with five opponents

Derived forms of joust

jouster, noun

Word Origin for joust

C13: from Old French jouste, from jouster to fight on horseback, from Vulgar Latin juxtāre (unattested) to come together, from Latin juxtā close
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