Definition of joust in English:


Syllabification: joust
Pronunciation: /joust


[no object]
1 (often as noun jousting) historical (Of a medieval knight) engage in a sports contest in which two opponents on horseback fight with lances.
More example sentences
  • The two of them flew towards each other at breakneck speeds, like knights jousting.
  • We do all the medieval arts like jousting and sparring, things of that nature.
  • There is a medieval theme and entertainment including knights, jousting and brass bands.
fight, spar, clash
historical tilt
2Compete closely for superiority: the guerrillas jousted for supremacy
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  • Last season on Sunday, that afternoon's stories jousted for the public's attention with that afternoon's draw.


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A medieval sports contest in which two opponents on horseback fought with lances.
More example sentences
  • It speaks of jousts, tournaments, wizards, falconry, enchantresses, damsels in distress, wars, quests, and the code of chivalry.
  • Along with their other accessories, the warriors' elaborate dress suggests that they brought both wealth and pageantry to combat, which Donnan likens to medieval jousts.
  • Anne was once more pregnant but at the end of the month, alarmed by news of Henry's heavy fall at a joust, she gave premature birth to a dead son.
combat, contest, fight, battle, clash
historical tilt


Middle English (originally in the sense 'join battle, engage'): from Old French jouster 'bring together', based on Latin juxta 'near'.



More example sentences
  • Adam gave his best angry glare at the jouster and they retreated.
  • The transaction generated six pieces of paper, each as long as a jouster's lance.
  • The practice arena was for the jousters and swordsmen.

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