One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1often as noun joustinghistorical (of a medieval knight) engage in a sports contest in which two opponents on horseback fight with lances.
enter the lists, tourney, tilt, break a lanceView synonyms
- ‘Joan is hanging about with Antigone, and Arthur and Lance are jousting.’
- ‘There is a medieval theme and entertainment including knights, jousting and brass bands.’
- ‘The two of them flew towards each other at breakneck speeds, like knights jousting.’
- ‘This is a less aggressive mix than you might expect for a movie about knights and jousting.’
- ‘We do all the medieval arts like jousting and sparring, things of that nature.’
2Compete closely for superiority.‘the guerrillas jousted for supremacy’
- ‘Last season on Sunday, that afternoon's stories jousted for the public's attention with that afternoon's draw.’
A medieval sports contest in which two opponents on horseback fought with lances.
tournament, tourney, tilt, the listsView synonyms
- ‘The ancient epic had its counterpart in athletic contests just as the medieval romance had its counterpart in jousts and tournaments between knights.’
- ‘Another blare of trumpets called the attention of the spectators, announcing that the first round of the joust would commence.’
- ‘Along with their other accessories, the warriors' elaborate dress suggests that they brought both wealth and pageantry to combat, which Donnan likens to medieval jousts.’
- ‘It speaks of jousts, tournaments, wizards, falconry, enchantresses, damsels in distress, wars, quests, and the code of chivalry.’
- ‘Anne was once more pregnant but at the end of the month, alarmed by news of Henry's heavy fall at a joust, she gave premature birth to a dead son.’
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘join battle, engage’): from Old French jouster ‘bring together’, based on Latin juxta ‘near’.
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