\ 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



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


The knights jousted against each other.

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The first night of the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is over, with the first 10 candidates jousting Wednesday night in Miami. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Winners and losers from the Democratic presidential debate’s first night," 27 June 2019 Few veteran staff members remain who have served in the majority and done the grinding work of jousting with the White House. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "Congressional Veterans Pitch In to Rebuild Oversight Muscle," 22 June 2019 The major on-demand players have been equally fractious in their dealings with each other, jousting for workers and customers and employing the occasional dirty trick to find an edge. Johana Bhuiyan,, "Treat workers as employees? Uber, Lyft and others are scrambling for a compromise," 23 June 2019 Among James and Lachlan Murdoch, the two princes jousting for control of the actual empire, take your pick between Kieran Culkin, who plays the reckless Roman, and Jeremey Strong, who plays his ruthless but inept brother, Kendall. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Confirmed: Yes, Rupert Murdoch's Family Enjoys Watching "Succession"," 8 Apr. 2019 Other companies have run into trouble over the years after jousting publicly with investor critics. Susan Pulliam, WSJ, "For Tesla’s Elon Musk, Twitter Is Sword Against Short Sellers," 2 Aug. 2018 Trebek also touched on the death penalty, imposing a severance tax on natural gas drilling and gerrymandering congressional districts, while the men jousted over who can better deal with the state’s huge pension debt. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Governor, GOP challenger face off at Trebek-hosted forum," 1 Oct. 2018 Scientists with conflicting proprietary interests jousted about the putative benefits of bar soap versus liquid soap beginning in the 1980s. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can a Bar of Soap Transmit Infection?," 22 June 2018 The key question: As President Xi Jinping strives to curb debt and jousts with Donald Trump over trade, how much of the potential drag can the new growth drivers offset?, "China’s Economic Growth Remains Robust Amid Strong Retail Sales," 17 Apr. 2018

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Later, after a joust with fellow Texan O’Rourke on immigration, other candidates emphasized their agreement with Castro. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Winners and losers from the Democratic presidential debate’s first night," 27 June 2019 The festival, which started in 1976, is bringing wacky comedy shows, unique music performances, daring jousts, acrobatics, hypnotics and even big cats to 10 stages around the 30-acre festival grounds, located 30 minutes south of Denver in Larkspur. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the Colorado Renaissance Festival," 18 June 2019 The Endangered Cat Show Lords and ladies, jesters and jousts, horses and … big cats? Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the Colorado Renaissance Festival," 18 June 2019 The joust-and-eat prototype for Medieval Times was created in 1973 by an entrepreneur who wanted to capture the tourist trade in Majorca, Spain. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Medieval Times Goes Modern, Replacing Its Kings With Queens," 29 Jan. 2018 The interactive festival includes jousts, a mermaid lagoon, beautiful crafts from metalsmiths, woodworkers and leather artists (to name just a few) and entertainment on 27 stages. Clare Miers, star-telegram, "Break out of your normal Mother's Day routine with these different experiences | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 There's no better way to build a rivalry than a playoff series, and this should be quite a first-round joust. Curtis Zupke,, "A look at the first-round matchup between the Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights," 9 Apr. 2018 The Zambonis that drive on the ice have jousts mounted on their sides to simulate a duel. Ken Belson, New York Times, "As Golden Knights Soar, Las Vegas Stakes Its Claim as a Sports Town," 27 Feb. 2018 Daniel José Molina and Alejandra Escalante play the King of Navarre and the Princess of France, who lead their friends in a merry chase through estates and quotations, plays and jousts, the nature of abstinence, and, of course, true love., "Here's your guide to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season," 17 Feb. 2018

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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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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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