[joust, juhst, joost]
a combat in which two knights on horseback attempted to unhorse each other with blunted lances.
this type of combat fought in a highly formalized manner as part of a tournament.
jousts, tournament.
a personal competition or struggle.
verb (used without object)
to contend in a joust or tournament.
to contend, compete, or struggle: The candidates will joust in a television debate.
Also, just.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English justen, jousten < Old French juster, joster, jouster to tilt in the lists < Vulgar Latin *juxtāre to approach, clash, derivative of Latin juxtā approaching, bordering; (noun) Middle English juste, jouste < Old French juste, etc., derivative of juster

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joust (dʒaʊst)
1.  a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with lances. A tournament consisted of a series of such engagements
2.  (intr; often foll by against or with) to encounter or engage in such a tournament: he jousted with five opponents
[C13: from Old French jouste, from jouster to fight on horseback, from Vulgar Latin juxtāre (unattested) to come together, from Latin juxtā close]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. joster "to joust, tilt," from V.L. juxtare "to approach, come together, meet," originally "be next to," from L. juxta "beside, near," related to jungere "join" (see jugular). The sport was popular with Anglo-Norman knights.
"These early tournaments were very rough affairs, in every sense, quite unlike the chivalrous contests of later days; the rival parties fought in groups, and it was considered not only fair but commendable to hold off until you saw some of your adversaries getting tired and then to join in the attack on them; the object was not to break a lance in the most approved style, but frankly to disable as many opponents as possible for the sake of obtaining their horses, arms, and ransoms." [L.F. Salzman, "English Life in the Middle Ages," Oxford, 1950]
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Example sentences
Jousting, crafts, food and artisan demonstrations are part of the fun.
Ledger's jousting lance breaks against his opponent's breastplate right on cue.
Genuine bravery for a writer is not about jousting with a pyramid scam gang.
Fights between bulls are a noisy, magnificent spectacle of calling, jousting
  and sparring.
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