Quintain Quin"tain, n. [F. quintaine, LL. quintana; cf. W. chwintan a kind of hymeneal game.] An object to be tilted at; -- called also {quintel}. [Written also {quintin}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: A common form in the Middle Ages was an upright post, on the top of which turned a crosspiece, having on one end a broad board, and on the other a sand bag. The endeavor was to strike the board with the lance while riding under, and get away without being hit by the sand bag. ``But a quintain, a mere lifeless block.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • quintain — (n.) c.1400 (in Anglo Latin from mid 13c.), from O.Fr. quintaine or directly from M.L. quintana, perhaps from L. quintana fifth (see QUINQUE (Cf. quinque )), the name of the business part of a camp, on the supposition that this was where military …   Etymology dictionary

  • quintain — [kwin′tin] n. [ME qwaintan < OFr quintaine < ML quintana < L quintana (via), street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth (later, marketplace) < quintanus, of the fifth < quintus, fifth: see QUINTET] an object …   English World dictionary

  • Quintain — For the type of poem, see Cinquain, for the band, see Quintaine Americana Quintain (O. Fr. quintaine , from Lat. quintana , a street between the fifth and sixth maniples of a camp, where warlike exercises took place), was a war game (or… …   Wikipedia

  • quintain — /kwin tn/, n. 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. [1400 50; late ME quyntain object for tilting at < MF… …   Universalium

  • quintain — /ˈkwɪntən/ (say kwintuhn) noun 1. (during the Middle Ages and later) a post, or an object mounted on a post, for tilting at as a knightly or other exercise. 2. such exercise or sport. {Middle English quyntain, from Old French quintaine, from… …   Australian English dictionary

  • quintain —   n. object, or target, tilted at; tilting at quintain …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • quintain — noun Etymology: Middle English quintaine, from Anglo French, perhaps from Latin quintana street in a Roman camp separating the fifth maniple from the sixth where a market was held, from feminine of quintanus fifth in rank, from quintus fifth Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quintain — noun The street in a Roman military camp separating the fifth and sixth manipels The quintana was commonly used for exercices See Also: quintile, quintuplicate …   Wiktionary

  • Quintain — An object attached to a pole and used as a target by jousters with a lance, to train in accuracy. The target was attached to an arm which revolved when struck; the arm would spin and if struck inaccurately might hit the tyro en passant. [< Lat …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • quintain — [ kwɪntɪn] noun historical a post set up as a mark in tilting with a lance, typically with a pivoted sandbag attached to strike an inexpert tilter. Origin ME: from OFr. quintaine, perh. based on L. quintana, a street in a Roman camp separating… …   English new terms dictionary

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