\ 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

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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 The young boy goes all Arthurian on Val's ass turning the bat, which broke when Tony tried to defend himself against, to joust her to death. Shannon Carlin,, "Let’s Talk About The MVP Of Netflix’s Vampires vs. The Bronx: That Bat," 2 Oct. 2020 Males, who have no stingers, emerge first, establish territory and joust one another., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 14 Aug. 2020 And, says Alexander Korobkin, head of Krasnoyarsk’s wildlife department, surviving males without their antlers lose their libido and ability to joust with other bucks to win mates, precluding them from the autumn rut. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020 There is some merit in both views, and few people on either side will miss Mr. Trump’s wandering ruminations and his jousts with his media picadors. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Media Versus Trump," 28 Apr. 2020 First, Trump gets bogged down into long, back-and-forth jousts with the touché Washington press corps. Lewis Libby, National Review, "To Confront China After Coronavirus, We Must See the Bigger Picture," 29 Apr. 2020 But no president has spent as much sustained time on television or jousting with the press. New York Times, "They Watch Trump’s Virus Briefings Daily. Here’s What They Have to Say.," 12 Apr. 2020 Even in retirement, Ortiz remained an October fixture, jousting with former New York Yankees nemesis Alex Rodriguez on Fox. Andy Mccullough,, "Angels’ Albert Pujols stunned by shooting of David Ortiz in home country," 10 June 2019 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has delivered the most substantial alteration of European politics in decades, as a lifetime of jousting with defenders of the European Union culminated on Friday in an exit from the political bloc. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "'A future outside the EU': Will Brexit make Britain great again?," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here, the joust is used as a means to impress a visiting King Ferdinand. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Six historical observations on the season 2 premiere of The Spanish Princess," 12 Oct. 2020 But some in the industry believe that the appeal of seeing Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump joust for the first time will be hard to resist. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "How the Biden-Trump Debate Will Play on TV (Don’t Expect Fact-Checks)," 28 Sep. 2020 Biden's announcement comes as he and Trump joust over whose economic vision is better for the country during the crisis of a pandemic, high unemployment and trade tensions with China. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Biden proposes $700 billion plan to spur manufacturing, research to create 5 million jobs," 10 July 2020 Meanwhile, McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will be engaging in a political joust, with McConnell trying to hold together and protect his caucus and Schumer trying to split it and force awkward votes. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Botched Democratic Case for Witnesses," 17 Jan. 2020 The festivities include a real joust, a live-flight bird of prey exhibition, games of skill to play and more., "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., "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 |, cleveland, "Cleveland wears down Syracuse Crunch in playoff opener," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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“Joust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of joust

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


\ 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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