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Definition of "joust" []

  • A combat between two mounted knights or men-at-arms using lances; a tilting match. (noun)
  • A series of tilting matches; a tournament. (noun)
  • A personal competition or combat suggestive of combat with lances: a politician who relishes a joust with reporters. (noun)
  • To engage in mounted combat with lances; tilt. (verb-intransitive)
  • To engage in a personal combat or competition. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "joust" in a sentence
  • "The joust was a contest between two knights; the tournament, between two bands of knights."
  • "Mr Evans, you frequently misrepresent PMQs as some kind of joust, but as the PM has all the advantage and the usual purpose of oppostion leaders is to position themselves for the evening news, I feel you often give a poor analysis."
  • "She had looked up 'joust' in the dictionary, and it seemed to her that in these few words was contained the kernel of her trouble."