- A contest or exercise in which two parties of mounted knights in the field together tried to unseat each other as with blunted lances.
- A series of such tournaments, jousts, etc. presented as an entertainment.
Origin of tournament
- Middle English tournement a medieval sport from Old French torneiement from torneier to tourney tourney
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier.