noun quin·tain \ˈkwin-tən\

Definition of quintain

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 15th century

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to cast off or become cast off

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