Definition of quintain
: an object to be tilted at; especially : a post with a revolving crosspiece that has a target at one end and a sandbag at the other end
Origin and Etymology of quintain
Middle English quintaine, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Latin quintana street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth where a market was held, from feminine of quintanus fifth in rank, from quintus fifth
First Known Use: 15th century
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