quintain

quintain

[kwin-tn]
noun
1.
an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting.
2.
the sport of tilting at a quintain.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English quyntain object for tilting at < Middle French quintaine or Medieval Latin quintāna, of obscure origin; the alleged connection with Latin quīntāna “market place in a military camp” is dubious

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quintain (ˈkwɪntɪn)
 
n
1.  a post or target set up for tilting exercises for mounted knights or foot soldiers
2.  the exercise of tilting at such a target
 
[C14: from Old French quintaine, from Latin: street in a Roman camp between the fifth and sixth maniples, from quintus fifth]

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