Origin of quintain
Examples from the Web for quintain
Tilting at the quintain was a favourite sport at festive gatherings.
Accordingly she once more betook herself to the quintain post.Barchester Towers|Anthony Trollope
It is the custom to hoist married men, who are not blest with children, on the quintain, which is made to revolve rapidly.Old English Sports|Peter Hampson Ditchfield
Then there was the very ancient game of the quintain, which consisted of an upright post with a cross-post turning upon a pin.English Villages|P. H. Ditchfield
They always kept up the sport of tilting at the Quintain in the water.London|Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for quintain
noun (esp in medieval Europe)
Word Origin for quintain
Word Origin and History for quintain
"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].