- 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.
Origin of quintain
Examples from the Web for quintain
Historical Examples of quintain
The game of quintain, which I need not describe, was much in vogue.Memorials of Old London
Soon he was allowed to tilt with his horse and lance at the quintain.Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
They always kept up the sport of tilting at the Quintain in the water.London
Accordingly she once more betook herself to the quintain post.
The animal swerved and shied and galloped off wide of the quintain.
- 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
"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].