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


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.

Nearby words

  1. journalize,
  2. journey,
  3. journeyman,
  4. journeywork,
  5. journo,
  6. jouve,
  7. jouy print,
  8. jove,
  9. jovial,
  10. joviality

Also just.

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

Related formsjoust·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for joust


/ (dʒaʊst) history /


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


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