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
noun (esp in medieval Europe)
Word Origin 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].