Joust Definition

joust, jŭst, jo͝ost
jousted, jousting, jousts, justs
A combat or contest with lances, as between two medieval knights on horseback; esp., such a formal combat as part of a tournament.
Webster's New World
A tournament.
Webster's New World
A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances.
A politician who relishes a joust with reporters.
American Heritage
jousted, jousting, jousts
To engage in mounted combat with lances; tilt.
American Heritage
To engage in a joust.
Webster's New World

To engage in mock combat on horseback, as two knights in the lists; to tilt.


Origin of Joust

  • Middle English from Old French juste from juster to joust from Vulgar Latin iūxtāre to be next to from Latin iūxtā close by yeug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English < Old French jouster (modern French: jouter), from late popular Latin juxtō (Classical iuxtō), from iūxta (“close to”). English since the early 14th century.

    From Wiktionary

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