- 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.
- to contend in a joust or tournament.
- to contend, compete, or struggle: The candidates will joust in a television debate.
Origin of joust
Related Words for joustingthrust, contend, play, wrestle, clash, contest, challenge, vie, face, try, spar, battle, fight, protect, resist, attack, meet, hostile, belligerent, boxing
Examples from the Web for jousting
Contemporary Examples of jousting
Knights kissed at jousting tournaments and would receive one from the person they protected as thanks for a year of service.The History of Kissing
February 13, 2011
Historical Examples of jousting
But ever when there was any jousting of knights, that would he see if he could.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
U. Waldo Cutler
Some she knew were evil men, yet, as knights, were powerful in jousting.King Arthur's Knights
He was taught all the arts of war, of riding, jousting, fencing.History of Education
As it was, all the jousting was done, and most of the nobles had already gone away.
Robin saw that the jousting was done, and that, after all, the red knights were conquerors.
- 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
Word Origin for joust
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]
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.