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joust

verb \ ˈjau̇st , sometimes ˈjəst or ˈjüst \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of joust

1 a : 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

jouster

noun

Examples of joust in a Sentence

  1. The knights jousted against each other.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

noun

Definition of joust

1 a : 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

Recent Examples of joust from the Web

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First Known Use of joust

14th century


JOUST Defined for English Language Learners

joust

Definition of joust for English Language Learners

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


JOUST Defined for Kids

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joust

verb \ ˈjau̇st \

Definition of joust for Students

jousted; jousting
: to take part in a combat on horseback with a lance

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joust

noun

Definition of joust for Students

: a combat on horseback between two knights with lances


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