WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
joust /dʒaʊst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. World Historya combat for two mounted knights armed with lances, with each attempting to knock the other from his horse.

v. [no object]
  1. World Historyto engage in a joust.
  2. to contend or compete:The two were jousting for the lead role.
joust•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
joust  ( joust, just, jo̅o̅st),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World Historya combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.
  2. World Historythis type of combat fought in a highly formalized manner as part of a tournament.
  3. World Historyjousts, tournament.
  4. a personal competition or struggle.

v.i. 
  1. World Historyto contend in a joust or tournament.
  2. to contend, compete, or struggle:The candidates will joust in a television debate.
Also,  just.  jouster, n. 
  • Old French juste, etc., derivative of juster
  • Vulgar Latin *juxtāre to approach, clash, derivative of Latin juxtā approaching, bordering; (noun, nominal) Middle English juste, jouste
  • Old French juster, joster, jouster to tilt in the lists
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English justen, jousten 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

joust /dʒaʊst/ n
  1. a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with lances. A tournament consisted of a series of such engagements
vb
  1. (intr; often followed by against or with) to encounter or engage in such a tournament: he jousted with five opponents
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French jouste, from jouster to fight on horseback, from Vulgar Latin juxtāre (unattested) to come together, from Latin juxtā close

ˈjouster n



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