quintain

[kwin-tn]

noun

an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting.
the sport of tilting at a quintain.

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Nearby words

  1. quint,
  2. quint major,
  3. quint minor,
  4. quint.,
  5. quinta,
  6. quintal,
  7. quintan,
  8. quintana roo,
  9. quintant,
  10. quinte

Origin of quintain

1400–50; late Middle English quyntain object for tilting at < Middle French quintaine or Medieval Latin quintāna, of obscure origin; the alleged connection with Latin quīntāna “market place in a military camp” is dubious

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British Dictionary definitions for quintain

quintain

noun (esp in medieval Europe)

a post or target set up for tilting exercises for mounted knights or foot soldiers
the exercise of tilting at such a target

Word Origin for quintain

C14: from Old French quintaine, from Latin: street in a Roman camp between the fifth and sixth maniples, from quintus fifth

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Word Origin and History for quintain

quintain

n.

"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].

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