joust

verb
\ ˈjau̇st, sometimes ˈjəst or ˈjüst How to pronounce joust (audio) \
jousted; jousting; jousts

Definition of joust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to fight on horseback as a knight or man-at-arms
b : to engage in combat with lances on horseback
2 : to engage in combat or competition as if in a joust jousting debaters jousting bighorn rams

joust

noun

Definition of joust (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a combat on horseback between two knights with lances especially as part of a tournament
b jousts plural : tournament
2 : a personal combat or competition : struggle

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Other Words from joust

Verb

jouster noun

Examples of joust in a Sentence

Verb The knights jousted against each other.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Broncos have come a long way since moments after their Week 4 collapse against the Jacksonville Jaguars, when veteran and younger players were heard verbally jousting in the post-game locker room. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Analysis: Strides made since 0-4 start, but much work (decisions) remain," 27 Dec. 2019 There will also be jousting, acrobatics, wandering entertainers, food, a pub and more. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Get down on the farm, catch the blues in St. Louis and more Midwest events," 9 Aug. 2019 Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn; the latter of which Acevedo jousted with last week on Twitter after a press conference about the Violence Against Women Act. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Acevedo calls out Cornyn, Cruz, McConnell after Houston sergeant fatally shot by 'domestic abuser'," 9 Dec. 2019 There will be knights jousting, live combat, living chess match, magic, comedy, and more. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: Storybook Festival, Family Sleepover, Dog Tales & more," 13 Nov. 2019 There will be knights jousting, live combat, living chess match, magic, comedy, and more. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: Storybook Festival, Family Sleepover, Dog Tales & more," 13 Nov. 2019 Yet the primary destroyer of journalists remains the Internet, especially at the community level, where 1,800 local papers have been shuttered since 2004 and hedge funds joust to wring those that remain. Karl Vick, Time, "How A.G. Sulzberger Is Leading the New York Times Into the Future," 10 Oct. 2019 But the spymasters who have jousted with Trump have no claim to purity. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019 Rather than jousting with citizen groups at zoning-board meetings, Mr. Traurig tried to conciliate them in advance. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Traurig Mastered Miami Zoning Process and Helped Create Big Law Firm," 27 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 4 Oct. 2019 By the 21-mile mark, that pace-setting threesome was trimmed to two as Keitany and Jepkosgei pulled away from Aga, creating a 13-second gap that grew to 30 seconds one mile later and making the home stretch a head-to-head joust for first and second. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Geoffrey Kamworor, Joyciline Jepkosgei win New York City Marathon," 3 Nov. 2019 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 4 Oct. 2019 Stenlund and Dalpe scored goals 52 seconds apart in the third to snap a tie and carry the Cleveland Monsters past the Crunch 5-3 in the opener of their North Division semifinal joust. Lindsay Kramer | Lkramer@syracuse.com, cleveland, "Cleveland wears down Syracuse Crunch in playoff opener," 19 Apr. 2019 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of joust

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for joust

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French juster to unite, joust, from Vulgar Latin *juxtare, from Latin juxta near; akin to Latin jungere to join — more at yoke

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The first known use of joust was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

9 Jan 2020

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“Joust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joust. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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joust

verb
How to pronounce joust (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of joust

of knights in the Middle Ages : to fight on horseback with lances

joust

verb
\ ˈjau̇st How to pronounce joust (audio) \
jousted; jousting

Kids Definition of joust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take part in a combat on horseback with a lance

joust

noun

Kids Definition of joust (Entry 2 of 2)

: a combat on horseback between two knights with lances

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