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

Learn More About quintain

Time Traveler for quintain

Time Traveler

The first known use of quintain was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near quintain

Quintadena

quintain

quintal

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for quintain

Cite this Entry

“Quintain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quintain. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!