quintain

noun
quin·​tain | \ ˈkwin-tᵊn How to pronounce quintain (audio) \

Definition of quintain

: an object to be tilted at especially : a post with a revolving crosspiece that has a target at one end and a sandbag at the other end

First Known Use of quintain

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quintain

Middle English quintaine, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Latin quintana street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth where a market was held, from feminine of quintanus fifth in rank, from quintus fifth

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“Quintain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintain. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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