- in the Middle Ages, a high fence of stakes enclosing the area for a tournament
- this area itself or the tournament held there
- any place or realm of combat, conflict, etc.
Origin of listsMiddle English listes, specialized use of liste, border, hedging, boundary (see list), probably influenced, influence by Old French lisse (Fr lice) in same sense ; from Frankish an unverified form listia ; from Germanic an unverified form lista, list
enter the lists
to enter a contest or struggle