\ ˈjau̇st How to pronounce joust (audio) , sometimes ˈjəst How to pronounce joust (audio) 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



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

Other Words from joust


jouster noun

Examples of joust in a Sentence

Verb The knights jousted against each other.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visitors can see performers joust on horses, sword fight and compete in other games of skill. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 29 June 2022 Postal officials hoped the truck procurement would go smoothly with policymakers and signal that the mail agency was evolving to meet new business opportunities and joust with its private-sector competitors. Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 That would be such a luxury, to joust over how the words are a declaration of inequality between men and women, a suggestion that women have been infantilized so that they can be ordered around and kept in their place. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 There were some very serious corporations’ very serious heavy hitters assembled to joust for seats on the committee. Greg Story, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 More human interaction, to be sure, but a return to the courtroom also revives the chance to joust with each other, through questions addressed to the lawyers. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The other six legs function primarily to motor the arachnid around, though the fourth pair can also sport seriously stabby spines, used by some harvestmen to pinch predatory flatworms in two or to joust for access to mates. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2021 Beginning his career as a backup singer and songwriter, the crooner would rather work alongside his peers than joust with them. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 18 Aug. 2021 Midsize weevils also have a rough go of it, too small to joust and too large to sneak. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Records from the 14th century show that King Edward III celebrated 50 years on the throne, his Golden Jubilee, with a week-long joust and a procession from the Tower of London. William Booth, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Nielsen is in the midst of a months-long joust with some of its biggest clients, the nation’s TV networks. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 14 Mar. 2022 Three jousting matches will take place each day: The princesses' joust is at noon and the princes trot on at 2:30 p.m. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 Feb. 2022 The commercial showed a character from the HBO series defeating the Bud Knight in a joust and then killing him in no uncertain terms. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021 Its duelling male protagonists—whose joust to the death, on December 29, 1386, is both the movie’s framing device and dénouement—are bums with asterisks. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2021 The Red Sox took a seven-game winning streak into their weekend joust with the Yankees on Friday, proudly wearing their yellow and powder blue jerseys., 24 Sep. 2021 Or will the trio of candidates jockeying for second place joust with each other?, 7 Sep. 2021 Cheer on the Knight of your choice during the legendary full-contact joust at the World Tournament of Champions Arena. San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of joust


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


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

History and Etymology for joust


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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\ 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



Kids Definition of joust (Entry 2 of 2)

: a combat on horseback between two knights with lances

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