\ 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 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 Burrows, who was one of the speakers at Saturday’s service, recounted how the two used to joust over resources and use of the school gym that the boys and girls program shared. Adam Lichtenstein,, 3 July 2021 On Monday, Oli lost a parliamentary vote of confidence and is now serving in a caretaker role while several parties joust for power. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Within hours of their queen’s death, female workers will begin to joust, fencing with their antennae, and nipping at each other’s heads. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2021 Only now, the Sussexes and their supporters joust with tabloid scolds, royal commentators, anonymous palace courtiers and Twitter trolls in tit-for-tat official statements and social media posts. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In another instance, Jean Froissart, a late 14th-century chronicler who enjoyed the patronage of the queen of England and traveled widely during the Hundred Years War, told of one specific joust held at St. Inglevere (near Calais, France). David M. Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 July 2021 New holes include Putt-A-Saurus, Parcade and Donut Hole, and those who find success have to go through Dutch Courage En Fuego and joust to a victory on King Parthur’s Court. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 This impressive joust was immediately refuted by Meghan Markle's lawyer as having been orchestrated by the Palace itself in order to blunt the surely massive blow that Oprah, Harry, and Meghan Markle will land on the monarchy on Sunday evening. Guy Martin, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Here, the joust is used as a means to impress a visiting King Ferdinand. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 12 Oct. 2020

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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 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of joust

: 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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